Faller injured while bucking

Location: 
Cowichan (L-Line)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-23
Company Name: 
Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller was bucking the root off a blown down fir tree when the root wad, which was partially attached, rolled from its original resting place down the slope increasing the load energy on the tree. When the cut was completed the top portion of the tree kicked back striking the fallers left lower leg pinning him and fracturing his leg.
Faller misjudged the hazard of the loaded stem and the potential for the energy to increase with the root wad moving down hill.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Eliminate loaded hazards by bucking at pivot points.
2. Faller positioning, ensure safe position prior to making any cuts.
3. Where pivot points or hazards can't be removed do not attempt any bucking
4. Ensure this incident is reviewed with all fallers and documented

File attachments
alerts-07-12-25.pdf
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