Close Call: Recognize the potential severity of injury!

Safety Alert Type: 
White River, Sayward (east coast of Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Dyer Logging Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A slip-and-fall incident had the potential to be fatal. While stringing straw line down a steep, rocky slope, a hook tender took a brief pause. While standing on dry, loose ground he lost his balance, slipped and fell, striking the lower back right side of his head.

The hook tender radioed the grapple yarder operator and told him of the fall but advised he was okay. The ‘tender then proceeded to complete his setup for the next day and then walked out to the crummy on the road adjacent to the grapple yarder.

Later at the marshalling point, a co-worker noticed blood from the hook tender’s ear and advised the supervisor. The hook tender was immediately taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a small fracture to his lower skull. The fracture had ruptured a small blood vessel causing the limited bleeding.

The hook tender had repeatedly told his co-workers he was okay and failed to recognise the potential of his own injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Report any injury to your co-workers immediately. Co-workers should observe and closely watch any person who has experienced an incident or minor injury

• Get checked out by the First Aid Attendant (on site at the time of this incident)

• Do not minimum the risk or take an injury lightly

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Kelly Arkell, Dyer Logging Co. Ltd. (250) 282-3381

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