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On September 13, 2007 a grapple skidder operator was attempting to push a loose stump out of the way. The operator turned the skidder sharply on a 10% side slope and was pushing the stump out of the way when the inside rear tire contacted a stump and caused the skidder to tip over on its side. Fortunately, no injuries occurred and damage was under $200.00

This incident had the potential for injury and greater damage.

- Lack of situational awareness (operator was focused on stump being pushed and failed to notice the stump which caused the tip-over)
- Working on a side slope, and having the steering turned sharply (elevated center of gravity and reduced stance/footprint)

Learnings and Suggestions: 

-Work up/down a slope whenever possible.
-Use extreme caution when working on a side slope, and watch closely for stability hazards (stumps, rocks, etc.)
-Avoid sharp turns with articulated equipment, especially on side slopes.

File attachments
2007-09-13 Stump Causes Skidder to Roll on Side.pdf
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