BODY CONTACT WITH ROTATING HULA SAW

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
Ladysmith
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-17
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Millwright was called to pony edger to repair an infeed
drive chain. The millwright had all energy sources locked
out, test started, but failed to notice that the hula saw was
still rotating. He entered the rollcase, bent over to view the
drive chain and his right cheek of his buttocks came in
contact with the rotating saw.

Upset Conditions:
1. Drive chain off.
2. Guarding on hula saw was not sufficient.
3. Worker failed to ensure machine was at zero energy.
Saw takes 5 mins. & 35 secs. to come to a stop after
being shut off. After about 2 mins., the rotating saw is
in-audible.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Modify guard on hula saw to extend past the edge of the saw. (completed Aug. 18/07)
2. Label at saw to state that it takes 5 mins. & 35 secs. to come to a stop. (completed Aug. 17/07)
3. Review with all maintenance re: Millwrights, Filers, Electrical & Pony edger operator that this saw coasts for a long period of time after being shut off.
4. Initiate RADAR program .

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Contact Dennis Heck @ 250-245-6458

File attachments
2007-08-17 Body Contact With Rotating Hula Saw.pdf
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