Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Cougar Inlet Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During an inspection our loader operators noticed that our two new hydraulic log loaders had a very hard to open (“coke bottle like”) cap on the escape hatch. The operators found that they would have trouble opening the escape hatch should they need to in an emergency.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

“Dog bones” have been ordered to be welded on - one for the inside of the cab for the operator to use and one for the outside (should the operator be unable to use the inside handle and rescuers need to get in from the outside).

Operators should open their escape hatches periodically to ensure that it easily opens.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Glenda Inrig, Cougar Inlet Logging Ltd.
(250) 287-3083

File attachments
2007-05-30 inspection of escape hatch.pdf
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