HARD HAT RECALL: Honeywell Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 models

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
North America
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-04-24
Company Name: 
Health Canada, Honeywell
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

This recall involves Honeywell type 1 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats sold in a variety of different colours.

Hazard identified: The hard hats can fail to protect users from impact, posing a risk of head injury. As of April 11, 2018, the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada, and no reports of injuries.

Approximately 65,550 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The products were sold in stores at industrial protective equipment distributors in Canada and through their e-commerce portals and online at Amazon from April 2016 to January 2018.

Place of origin: Manufactured in Mexico.

Products with the following description, manufacture date and mold identification number are included in the recall:

Product Description #1 - Fibre-Metal E2 hard hat

Manufacture Date - April 2016; May 2016; December 2017; January 2018

Mold Identification Number - ALL

Product Description #2 - North Peak A79 hard hat

Manufacture Date - April 2016 through January 2018

Mold Identification Number - 4

"North by Honeywell", the mold identification number, and the manufacture date can be found on the underside of the hat's brim. The date code is in a clock format: The numbers around the circle correspond to the 12 months of the year, the arrow points to the month of manufacture and the numbers on either side of the arrow represent the last two digits of the year.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hard hats and contact Honeywell to receive a product credit or voucher equal to the purchase price of the recalled hard hat.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Consumers may contact Honeywell toll-free at 1-888-212-6903 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online and click on Voluntary Product Recall for more information.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.

BC Hydro May 2018 safety update: Forestry and tree trimming incidents

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-05-10
Company Name: 
BC Hydro
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

BC Hydro's May 2018 safety update includes a number of incidents related to forestry work and tree trimming activities

  1. Logging equipment was driving along a newly constructed access road. A communication line was contacted, and when the tension was released, the BC Hydro high voltage conductor came loose from the top of the pole.
  2. Equipment at a sawmill was clearing snow and struck a BC Hydro pole, causing it to break. The circuit remained energized and the wire did not fall to the ground.
  3. A logging truck contacted a transformer pole causing an outage and an oil spill. A BC Hydro crew safely removed the driver from vehicle.
  4. A logging contractor was removing trees along a power line. As the operator moved to reposition the arm the top half of the tree snapped off and fell onto the high voltage line, pulling it off the insulator.
  5. A feller buncher was working adjacent to a distribution line with multiple stems in the buncher when one made contact with the top of the blade and launched about twenty feet, landing on a BC Hydro high voltage line.
  6. A logging truck contacted a communication line, which wrapped around a BC Hydro transmission line.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Visit BC Hydro's web site for additional information about safety around trees and power lines:

https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/trees-power-lines.html

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Marc Spencer, Public Safety (604) 528-1952

marc.spencer@bchydro.com

 

Tailgate Meeting Guide: Avoiding Collisions With Wildlife

Safety Alert Type: 
Wildlife encounter
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-04-30
Company Name: 
Road Safety At Work
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Many BC motorists are exposed to the hazards of colliding with wildlife. Crashes result in injuries and fatalities to drivers and passengers and millions of dollars of property damage losses for vehicle owners and insurers.

Plus, these collisions cause traumatic suffering and life-ending injuries to thousands of animals each year. Use the information and resources below to lead a discussion with your employees about vehicle-wildlife collisions and what can be done to prevent them.

Get the facts

Each year in BC:

  1. There are 11,000 reported vehicle-wildlife collisions. Studies indicate only about 50% of vehicle-wildlife crashes are reported.
  2. These collisions result in 3 to 5 human fatalities and injuries to another 600+ people.
  3. About 80% of collisions involve deer; the remaining 20% involve moose, elk, bears, coyotes, etc.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Tips for preventing collisions with wildlife

Know where to expect wildlife

  • Along two-lane highways and connector roads from rural and suburban areas
  • Where creeks and water sources intersect roads
  • Near good habitat and forage – green belts, parks, fields and golf courses
  • Along long, wide, straight stretches of highway

Know when to expect wildlife

  • Daily peaks – For most BC communities the peak periods for wildlife collisions occur between 5:00 and 8:00 pm and 6:00 and 8:00 am. Low light levels and reduced driver visibility combined with increased animal activity are key factors during those peak periods.
  • Seasonal peaks - Animals have seasonal habits associated with feeding and reproductive cycles. Animal movements – and their roadway crossings – change with the seasons. Collisions with deer frequently occur in spring (May) and fall (October – November). Collisions with moose often occur in winter (December and January) during deep snow conditions and in June and July when cow moose seek roadside mineral licks to increase their sodium intake.

Adjust your driving habits

  • Slow down when you see wildlife crossing warning signs. The BC Ministry of Transportation gathers data on collision locations and places signs in areas where collisions have been common.
  • In wildlife corridors, slow down at dusk and dawn. This provides you with additional time to react correctly when an animal comes onto the roadway.
  • Slow down even more when you see an animal at the roadside. Animal reactions are unpredictable – just as they look to be leaving the roadway, they can quickly turn and dart in front of you. And, where there is one animal there is often another not far behind. Be ready should it jump into your path.
  • Limit exposure by reducing travel at dusk and dawn. If your route intersects a known wildlife corridor, adjust your schedule to avoid travelling through those areas when the risk is greatest.
  • Actively watch for wildlife. When you see wildlife, flash your headlights or hazard lights to alert others.

Tailgate Meeting Discussion Topics and Activities

  1. Chat with the crew to identify locations of wildlife crossings and frequent wildlife collisions along the routes they travel. If the group is unsure you may be able to follow up with the local highway maintenance contractor, or speak with others who know the road.
  2. Ask if any employees have experienced a near miss with wildlife. Have them explain the circumstances and what they did to avoid the crash, and what they would do differently.
  3. Discuss how supervisors and drivers can work together to adjust routes and schedules to minimize exposure during peak periods and at frequent crossing / collisions locations.
  4. Review manoeuvres drivers can use to avoid colliding with an animal.
  5. Use resources at the links below to gather and provide more information.

Resources

Wildlife Collision Prevention Program

RoadWatchBC

Workplace Safety North

Wildlife Roadsharing Resource Centre

BC Ministry of Transportation

American Automobile Association

Frequently Asked Questions WCPP

Wildlife Myths and Misconceptions

Watch a YouTube video: Avoiding Vehicle - Wildlife Collisions

To report an animal that’s been struck, use the Drive BC – Report a Highway Problem web page, or phone a Conservation Officer at 1-877-952-7277.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Rick Walters, Fleet Safety Program Manager

Road Safety At Work is a not-for-profit initiative managed by the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) and funded by WorkSafeBC to help employers improve the safety of workers who drive for work or who work at the roadside.

File attachments
Avoiding_Wildlife_Collisions-April_2018.pdf

HAZARD ALERT: Springtime flood and landslide risks are elevated

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
Resource roads and the back country throughout BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-04-20
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Flooding and landslide risks are elevated as springtime rain and warmer temperatures increase snowmelt.

Brief your workers on the risks of flooding and landslides, especially those who may not have experienced flood conditions before. This includes tree planting crews, layout crews and road maintenance crews who may be working on repairing the damage caused by winter weather.

Plan work activities while considering forecasted flood levels and the potential for landslides. Avoid work near watercourses and steep areas that may be prone to slides

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Here are some of the risks to discuss:

  • Road washouts can occur quickly and may surprise drivers. Consider that roads may wash out behind crews, leaving them stranded.
  • Silviculture and field crews often cross and work adjacent to streams and rivers. Postpone work next to water until conditions improve.
  • The soil next to bridges and culverts may be eroded by heavy rains and high stream flows. Sometimes this erosion cannot be easily seen. Be cautious and assess crossings from a safe distance before driving over them.
  • Travelling at night during flood conditions is not recommended. The limited visibility can result in not being able to spot washouts in time to stop.
  • The heavy rains can cause water saturated soils which are prone to landslides. Fast flowing streams and rivers can also erode the base of slopes causing them to slide. Avoid work in steep areas with weak soils until conditions improve.
  • Industrial camps are often set up near streams so there is easy access to a water source. Camps located in these areas can be at risk for flooding and may need to be relocated.
  • Crews responsible for inspecting and repairing roads and water crossings need to be extremely careful. Don’t risk getting too close and being caught up in fast rising or fast flowing water.
  • Make sure your emergency response plans include procedures on how to respond to severe weather incidents.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Resources and Additional Information:

For river conditions check: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/

Road conditions, mudslides bulletins at: http://www.drivebc.com/mobile/pub/events/majorevents.html

Weather warnings: https://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc

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Hazard_Alert-Springtime_Flood_and_Slide_Risks_April-2018.pdf

Reach cable fails during trailer loading

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Grand Forks, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-04-02
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While attempting to load a trailer at a trailer hoist, the truck driver noticed the reach was not in position. The truck driver came out from the protective structure operating area to manually push the reach into position.

While standing to the left of the reach, the reach cable failed, and the trailer reach struck the truck driver in the left wrist and leg before hitting the ground.

The impact resulted in a fractured wrist and soft tissue damage to the leg.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Do not put yourself ‘in the bite’
  • Call for assistance when upset conditions occur
  • Complete pre & post trip inspections on logging trucks, and correct identified issues
  • Schedule routine maintenance tasks to replace worn cables
  • Do not leave the protected structure while trailers are elevated.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kait Baskerville, Kootenay Operations. Email:

Kait.Baskerville@interfor.com

 

 

File attachments
Safety_Alert-Interfor-Reach_Cable_Fail_Apr_2-2018.pdf

Log truck driver suffers head injury strapping bundles while rig being loaded

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-03-09
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The loader operator started loading the third bundle after assuming that the driver was safely back inside the truck after having come out to verify trailer weights. In an attempt to “save” time, the driver started wrapping the other bundles while the loader operator was loading logs.

The loader operator attempted to free a log that wasn’t loaded properly and dangling from the last bundle. The dangling log broke while the loader operator was handling it and part of it struck the driver who was on the other side of the load; the driver suffered serious head injuries and was immediately transported to hospital.

Potential Hazards: Exposure to falling objects and moving equipment because:

  • Not following safe procedures
  • Not staying clear in “safe zone”
  • Wrapping while being loaded
  • Poor or no communication
  • No visual contact
  • Complacency and rushing.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Drivers must stay in a “safe zone” while being loaded, which is usually inside the cab or in location that is well out in front of the truck
  • Drivers must let the loader operator know before exiting the truck or leaving the “safe zone”
  • Ensure that there is a single radio channel well established for driver and loader operator to communicate with each other
  • Loader operators must not load unless they can make visual contact with the driver or have received confirmation they are clear.

 

Note: See page 2 of attached PDF for Loader Wrapper/Binder Assist Procedures, as developed by the Trucking & Harvesting Advisory Group.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
Safety_Alert_Canfor-log_loading_March_9-2018.pdf

NEAR MISS: Worker-initiated snow slide in remote location

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-03-14
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Contractor was completing recce work in an area that was only accessible by helicopter. Crews were working on south facing slopes that were in excess of 40% with poor snow conditions.
 

The crew caused several snow sluffs & slides while walking along the side slopes that were big enough to knock a worker downhill. The largest slide was 15-20m wide and over 1m deep and travelled at least 100m down toward the stream below the block.
 

Potential Hazards:

  • Loss of radio contact with fellow workers
  • Changed or blocked access
  • Long time waiting to be rescued in difficult/remote terrain
  • Serious injury or death from being caught in avalanche.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Consult www.avalanche.ca for region specific snow conditions and avalanche risk before heading out to the field
  • Review your Avalanche Safety Plan prior to conducting work in mountainous snow covered terrain
  • Monitor snow conditions throughout the day and change plans accordingly
  • Be aware of the following conditions that increase the potential of avalanche:

o Recent rapid rise in above freezing temperatures and or wet conditions;
o Recent loading of snowfall 30cm or more in the last 48hrs;
o Evidence of slab avalanches in the area;
o Signs of snowpack instability including “whumpfs”, shooting cracks, or drum-like sounds;
o 30 degree slopes or greater;
o Evidence of avalanche history, such as sparsely treed area or open forest on alpine slopes;
o Strong winds causing blowing snow and slab development;
o Sustained heavy snowfall >2cm per hour.
 

ALWAYS avoid the area and adjust plans if there is any risk of avalanche.

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
Safety_Alert_Canfor-Avalanche_March_14-2018.pdf

Tree Wells: Life-threatening to work or recreation as winter changes to spring

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-03-16
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

(Note: in light of recent public fatalities this alert has been re-posted, as the information continues to be relevant and valuable. It was originally posted in February 2012)

As a worker stepped away from his snowmobile, he fell in a deep tree well of a small balsam. The tree well had over 6 feet of snow depth. The fallen worker’s head was below the level of his co-worker’s feet on top of the snow.

The co-worker was able to help the worker by carefully digging enough snow away from the worker and then using the snowmobile, which was on packed ground, as a base of support for pulling the worker out. No injuries occurred.

Related Information: The branches of the tree shelter the area surrounding the tree trunk from snowfall. Thus a pocket of air or loose snow can form in the vicinity of the trunk.

The risk of encountering a tree well is greatest during and immediately following a heavy snowstorm.

Low hanging branches further contribute to forming a tree well, as they efficiently shelter the area surrounding the trunk. It is a potential risk with trees in deep snow no matter the diameter of the tree. Wells can also occur near rocks, along streams and in heavy regen with snow press. When a person falls into a tree-well, it’s incredibly difficult to climb back out. The loose snow can prevent the person from breathing, resulting in what is known as a Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death, or, in plain English, suffocation by snow.

Two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada found that 90 per cent of volunteers who were placed temporarily in tree wells were unable to rescue themselves. Furthermore, it was also noted that most people will not call out for help right away as they either feel that they should be able to dig themselves out or are embarrassed to ask for help. However, the more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become as more snow falls into the hole, re-burying them.

Calling for assistance should be your first course of action. Take precautions working in areas where deep tree wells are a concern!

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Here are some suggestions for avoiding and dealing with entrapment if you fall in a deep tree well:

  • Work in pairs.
  • If you slide into a well try to remain upright. Landing head first creates a much deadlier scenario.
  • Grab a tree trunk or branch, or hug the tree if possible. Anything to stay above the surface!
  • Yell, radio or use a whistle to alert partners. Getting help on the way may save your life, especially as fatigue and hypothermia may become a factor.
  • Create and maintain a direct line of air if your head is below the snow line. Being able to breathe is priority.
  • Try to remain calm and wait for help. Move your body carefully in a rocking manner to hollow out and pack the snow. This will give you space and air.

As a co-worker:

  • Know where your partner is working and remain in close distance/ communication.
  • Remember, if your partner is buried under the snow, time is of the essence and your quick actions to pull or dig them out are your partner's best hope for survival. In most cases, you are the only hope.
  • Make sure the ground you are standing on is packed and will not cause a further cave in. Radio for help, but stay there until you have recovered your partner. Make attempts to uncover the head first and help create an airway.
  • When you uncover their head, make sure there is no snow in the mouth and that they can breathe. Proceed to help dig them out, but ensure that the direct line of air is maintained.

The winter of 2017-18 has seen a high volume of snow. Always be alert and watch your footing around the base of a tree or large rocks.

Slow down when approaching these dangerous zones and make sure that your footing is on ground that will hold you. If you feel yourself starting to sink down, try to back away to avoid sliding into the well.

For your safety, you should assume all trees have a hazardous tree well. Fortunately, the risk of falling into a tree well is completely avoidable.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

BC Forest Safety Council 1-877-741-1060

File attachments
Hazard_Alert_Tree_Wells-Mar-2018.pdf

HAZARD: Snow banks obstruct signs and vision on resource roads

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
BC Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-02-26
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The snow pack is above average this year in parts of the BC interior. This accumulation of snow is creating several hazards on resource roads (see photos in attached PDF).

Snow banks/drifts are covering up important signage along the roads.

The roads can be narrower than normal making it difficult for vehicles to pass by each other. There may be fewer pullouts than you expect.

High snow banks can restrict your field of vision while driving, expecially on corners and intersections.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ask your grader operator to try to keep the road surface as wide as possible
  • Know your road, if you need a place to stop use an existing plowed pullout
  • If you see a sign that is covered in snow, consider pulling over at a safe location and cleaning the sign off.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jeff Hatch or Ross Duncan, Westbank, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (250) 768-5131

File attachments
Safety_Alert-Gorman_Bros_HighSnowBanksOnResourceRoads-Feb_26-2018.pdf

Worker pinned during unloading of snowmobile from pickup truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
Lumby, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-02-06
Company Name: 
Cabin Forestry Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers were unloading snowmobiles at the start of the work day when the worn out skags on one machine became stuck in the ramps and caused the equipment to get hung up.

The workers attempted to free the machine from the ramp but due to icy conditions, they were unable to gain enough traction to un-wedge the equipment. As there were no tools in the truck to remove the ski or the superglide mats, the decision was made to remove the ramp from the deck to reduce the resistance on the broken skag and free the snowmobile.

While one worker lifted and held the ramps in place, the other worker proceeded to pull the truck forward to clear the ramps. Once it was determined that the truck had been pulled far enough ahead, the driver proceeded to put the truck in reverse and exit the cab assuming that it was in park. As a result, the truck began to move backwards into the worker who was holding the ramps.

The truck impacted the ramps causing the ramps to become suspended on the sled deck and pinning the worker between the rungs in the ramp and the back of the truck. The driver meanwhile became aware of the situation and jumped back in the truck and stopped it from proceeding further backwards.

After the truck was stopped, the pinned worker was freed and an initial first aid assessment was completed. The workers then proceeded to load up the snowmobiles and return to the office. The pinned worked received minor injuries and bruising to the neck, arms, legs, back and required precautionary medical attention.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Follow SOP’s when using equipment
  • Ensure proper communication between workers and verbally confirm steps to reduce risks of complacency
  • Ensure proper equipment is available to help mitigate upset conditions
  • When unloading equipment, ensure that a safe location is being used in the case of any upset conditions that require extra attention
  • When developing a plan to move equipment, make sure both parties are aware of the plan and steps needed to complete the task in a safe manner. Slow down and make sure extra steps are taken to ensure safety when working around equipment (eg: parking break, turn off vehicle prior to exiting the cab, keys cannot be removed if truck is not in park)
  • Utilize RADAR steps when faced with an upset condition.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Keenan Clark – Cabin Forestry Services, Vernon, B.C., Phone: (778) 475-3655 safety@cabinforestry.com

 

File attachments
Safety_Alert-CabinForestryServices-SnowmobileUnloadingIncident-Feb_6-2018.pdf
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