Grapple Skidder Rolls Onto Side

BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Alturus Equipment Corp.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was backing up a grapple skidder to a pile of bunched logs that were located in an area of a cutblock where the slope was less than 35%. The worker inadvertently backed the upslope, rear tire over a stump that was protruding approximately 0.5 meters above ground.
The skidder rolled onto its side - the worker was uninjured and was able to safely exit the machine. The worker received assistance from a nearby excavator to upright the grapple skidder. The up-righted skidder was driven down to the landing, where it was inspected for damage.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Avoid driving skidders over protruding stumps and other objects, especially objects located on the high side of slopes.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Alturus Equipment Corp., Nakusp, BC

File attachments
2007-06-01 Grapple skidder rolls onto side.pdf
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