Cable Come-Along breaks, striking worker

Safety Alert Type: 
Hand and Power Tools
Castlegar, BC
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A quarter-inch cable Come-Along was being used to assist with hoisting. The cable was
inadvertently caught, stretched and broke while under tension, which caused it to fly up and strike a worker in the face. Medical aid was sought, and the worker was later released to the worksite.

Hazard: Cable Come-Alongs can be compromised and break especially if pinched or if poorly maintained. A cable break can have huge “struck-by” consequences to the workers involved.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Actions to Prevent a Re-Occurrence:

  • Avoid using cable Come-Alongs; opt for the more reliable chain-type.
  • Anticipate worst-case scenario and ensure workers are in-the-clear.
  • Ensure workers are trained and feel proficient with Come-Along use.
  • Come-Along equipment must be stored properly and inspected prior to use.
  • Enforce consistent use of PPE, which may require eye or face protection.
  • Always ensure the object does not weigh more than the Come-Along’s


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lana Kurz, RPF, Interfor, Interior operations, Lana.Kurz@Interfor.com (250) 679-6838

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