Skidder Roll Over

Radium Hot Springs BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
M&H Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The skidder operator was traveling down a 30% slope bringing a small drag of pine into the landing. The rear of the skidder slid sideways on a small dry pine that was laying across the slope. At the same time a 2 metre long by 25cm diameter pine log with root ball attached was wedged between the left front tire and the ground. The log helped lever the skidder over. The driver felt the skidder start to roll over and immediately dropped his blade and the drag. This failed to stop the skidder from rolling onto its side.

The operator was searing his seat belt and was unharmed. There was no damage to the skidder.

There was fresh snow on the ground which covered the hazards and made conditions slippery.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Skidder operator failed to clear debris from skidding path.
Skidder operator failed to avoid obstacles.
Review SWP Skidder Operator, Review results of investigation with crew.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

M&H Logging Ltd.

File attachments
2007-11-14 Skidder Roll Over.pdf
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