Close Call/Serious Incident

Kootenay Lake, Sanca Creek
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On a downhill yarding operation, the operator of the control panel outside of the Skylead yarder was following his safe work procedures for removing landed wood from the front of the yarder. The movement of this landed wood caused one of the larger pieces to slide over other logs down the slope where a 20 foot top piece was broken-off by a stump that was helping direct yarded wood. This top was launched down the slope in a spinning motion and struck the operator on the back of his hard-hat, throwing him over the skid trail embankment, approximately 10 metres down-slope. The operator suffered head, neck, shoulder and wrist injuries. The hard-hat, which saved his life, was cracked and the insert was destroyed. He was standing in a area deemed safe for when wood is being skidded from the front of the yarder and did not notice the loosened log sliding down the slope directly above his position.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Additional instruction added to safe work procedures for operator of the yarder panel. Worker must stand behind the yarder or at least up the trail a minimum of 50 metres while wood is being skidded away from yarder.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Brant Watson at 250-489-0411 or Don Vaillancourt at 250-866-5412

File attachments
2007-08-17 Hard hat saves life.pdf
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