Employee released brake on scow winch line and spoke of winch wheel struck employees finger breaking finger

Safety Alert Type: 
Duke Point Sawmill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Employee was in the process of slacking scow shore line (A) and he released the brake (B) of the scow winch. The wheel (C) spun and the wheel spoke hit the employees hand and broke his finger. The spoke on the original wheel that struck the employees finger was replaced with this solid wheel to prevent accident contact as caused this incident

Upset Conditions:
1. Scow was under shore line docking plate and had to be moved to free scow from plate.
2. Inadequate training/instruction for employee in doing this job

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Assess the risks of the task being done to ensure you are in a safe position and following safe procedures to do the job.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Terry Baker 250-714-9310

File attachments
2007-02-02 Released brake leads to broken finger.pdf
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