Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Campbell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-21
Company Name: 
Thibault Logging Ltd. /Critical Site Logging Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Conditions: Snow covered ground.

Feller Buncher fell the leaning tree on the low side of two trees grown together. Unaware, he had nicked the back tree at ground level in the cutting process. A hand faller came in to fall the back tree. Hand faller did not see the nick because of fresh snow on the ground. He started his first cut of the tree, and proceeded to start his back cut, when the tree started to pinch. He inserted a wedge in about ½” to 1”, he heard a pop and tree started to fall uphill. Faller managed to put out and escape before the tree hit the ground.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When feller buncher cutting trees that are grown together take both trees or leave them for hand fallers if both cuts cannot be completed.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Thibault Logging Ltd. /Critical Site Logging Inc.
Phone: (250) 542-8922

File attachments
2007-03-21 Faller close call.pdf
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