Close Call for Hooktender

Location: 
BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-01
Company Name: 
Reitmeier Logging Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A cable yarder was moved to a new location and the cable yarder operator and hooktender were rigging up the guy lines to stabilize the cable yarder spar. The cable yarder operator and hooktender were stringing guy lines and attaching them to stump anchors. The yarder operator attached a guy line to the strawline with a chain, and the guyline was
being winched into position.

As the guyline was being winched, tension on the strawline became temporarily slack. At this moment, the chain used to attach the guyline loosened and unhooked from the strawline. The guy line travelled freely down the steep slope, very nearly striking the hooktender as the line passed his position.

The free-falling guy line had the potential to cause a serious injury to any person in its path.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. The ends of chains used to attach lines to strawlines should be taped with electricians tape. This will help keep the chain from unravelling when tension of the lines is slacked.
2. Persons stringing lines must ensure they are not in the bight of the winching mechanism.
3. Persons stringing lines must position themselves such so that they are not in the path of any lines that could travel uncontrolled due to a break or unravelling of securing chains, etc.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Reitmeier Logging Ltd, New Denver, BC

File attachments
2007-09-01 Close Call for Hooktender.pdf
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