Hooktender was hit by a log while going ahead on a turn

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-09
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At approximately 8:30am on October 9, 2007, a hooktender was struck by a log. The hooktender was using chokers off the grapple near the back end of the block. While going ahead on the turn, the choked logs became hung-up. The hooktender then signaled the Grapple Operator to skin the logs back up the hill. In doing so, the grapple was skinned back up and over the log identified in the picture (marked “X”). (Note the choked logs remained on the low side of log “X”). When he signaled to go ahead on the turn again, the Grapple bumped into log “X” causing it to break and pivot off Stump “A” and swing backwards towards the timber edge, striking both himself and a small 12” sapling (marked “B”). The worker was thrown approximately 6 feet back up the hill. Preliminary findings show that the sapling took most of the impact. The worker was sent to the hospital where it was later assessed that he had severe bruising and no broken bones.

Factors:
#1) Worker was standing too close to the turn.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Workers are at high risk of injury if they do not follow the procedures and ensure that they are in the clear.
2. Workers need to constantly assess the risk and hazards, and re-assess when the dynamics of the work area has changed. For example when a turn is hung
up and needs to be skinned back up the hill, the worker must re-assess his surroundings before proceeding.
3. Maximize deflection opportunities where opportunities exist.
4. Supervisors must periodically conduct worksite inspections to ensure workers are following safe work procedures for being in the clear and also review the logging plan.

File attachments
2007-10-09 Hooktender Hit by Log While Goingt Ahead on a Turn.pdf
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