Supervisor Fatality

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Kingcome TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A supervisor for a road construction contractor was killed during preparations for blasting
in a quarry. Following an initial safety meeting and preparatory work to clear hazards, a
crew prepared the site for blasting.
At that point, a 29 inch diameter by 107 feet tall cedar tree, located on a steep slope 85
feet above the quarry, blew over. Two of three people on the crew escaped the falling
tree, but the supervisor was struck and killed beside the front wheel of the drill.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

While the details of this incident are under investigation, it brings into sharp focus the
need for ongoing site and hazard assessment throughout the shift, particularly when
working for long periods within a limited site such as a quarry, and the need for all
workers (especially ground workers) to pre-plan escape routes for if and when a
controlled hazard becomes uncontrolled.

File attachments
2007-02-03 Supervisor Fatality.pdf
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