HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-21
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There were 2 near miss road incidents yesterday. In both cases, loaded log trucks were on their way to the mill for the first trip of the day. Both log trucks were being complacent and not calling any miles as they did not think that there was going to be anyone on the road.
At different locations the log trucks met crew cab pickups on their way to work. Both pickups narrowly missed the log trucks and avoided driving off of the road. When the pickup called to see why the log truck had not called kilometers, he replied “Oh well. You are the first that I have seen on the road this morning!”
When traveling on bush roads, expect the unexpected. Call all loaded kilometers regardless of day of the week or time of the day. Stay focused with your mind on the task, and don’t become complacent.

File attachments
2007-11-21 Neglecting to Call in Kilometres Results in Near Miss.pdf

Faller with allergy to bees stung in the woods

Location: 
Prince Rupert
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-01
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Faller was hiking into quarter and walked through a bees nest and was stung multiple times in the upper body. The faller knew that he was allergic but had not been stung in over 20 years in the bush. He did not have an eppy pen kit on him. Luckily he was a 3 minute hike to the heli pad and a 30 second flight to the hospital.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All Crew allergies will be posted in the project book as well on all medi-vac on person procedures. No one who is allergic to bees is allowed on the hill without a eppy pen kit.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jason (250)701-1911

File attachments
alerts-07-09-15-bee_stings.pdf

Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
East Ootsa Fraser Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-16
Company Name: 
Ambroy Equipment Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Loader man was lifting the log bunk with the loader and a log was in the way; he got out to move the log and the truck driver thought he was ready for him to back up so he could put on the bunk back on. The loader man was between the loader and the log truck were he was crushed injuries were in the pelvic area and lost time incident. The forks on the loader prevented that could have been a fatality.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Reviewed working close procedures, and communication policy with both workers. Do not operate any equipment until you are told or you can see the person you are working with.

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Nanaimo River Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-12
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the transport of a load of logs to the dry land sort the driver was traveling into a left corner of the road and in doing so the trailer performed a yaw maneuver ultimately causing the trailer to roll over onto its side. The motion from the trailer pulled the cab of the truck over onto the paved portion of the road and then the truck slid into the gravel portion coming to a stop on its side. There was significant damage to the vehicle, although the driver was not injured. This road is accessed by the public and could have resulted in a catastrophic event. The driver was wearing his seatbelt which undoubtedly saved him from injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) Andy Newell, Department of Highways, has been notified as to erecting a speed sign situated for the section of roadway in question as recommended by the investigating RCMP officer as a reminder to all vehicles traveling that portion of the Nanaimo River road.
2) Ensure this incident is reviewed with all Drivers and documented.
3) Drivers to ensure they keep mind on task, care and control of their vehicles at all times to prevent a critical error.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Safety and Compliance Dept.
Jim Vaux or Shawn Munson
(250) 246-2880

File attachments
2007-11-12 Trailer Rolls Onto Side.pdf

Manual Faller Injured while Spacing Trees

Location: 
Williams Creek, Terrace, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-09-05
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Tree Spacer, twenty years experience, was walking to cut his next tree. He stepped in an unseen hole, his saw hit the tree branch he was going to cut, and kicked back, towards his face. His chain brake came on and the saw hit him in the lip, causing a laceration that required 12 stitches to close.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Make sure both of your feet are firmly planted every time before you cut a tree.
• Make sure you can see the base of the tree before you cut.
• Do not have your finger on trigger of saw until you are ready to cut the tree.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Pat Smith, 250-798-2099

File attachments
alerts-07-09-18-kwassin.pdf

Faller requires surgery after being struck by sapling

Location: 
Radium Hot Springs BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-23
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The faller was clearing an escape route for his next tree. He was bucking a 6” diameter dry spruce that had blown down across the top of a 1” diameter Balsam sapling. Both trees were laying approximately 12” off the ground.
The worker was attempting to cut a section of the dry spruce approximately 16” long. After making the first cut of the spruce on one side of the Balsam the faller made a second cut on the other side of the Balsam. After making the second cut, the spring loaded sapling catapulted the 16” long piece of spruce at the faller, striking the faller in the lower abdomen.
The faller thought he was only slightly winded. He continued to work for approximately 2 hours before feeling sick. The faller then obtained assistance from the other faller on the block.
The faller became very sick and showed symptoms of shock. He was taken to hospital via helicopter where he underwent surgery to remove a damaged spleen.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review SWP all fallers, Review results of investigation with crew, emphasize caution when bucking loaded trees.

File attachments
2007-08-23 Faller requires surgery after being struck by sapling.pdf

Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Snass Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-29
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Logging truck drive was at the bundle station
• compressor is on a elevated flat deck trailer
• set up so rope was on shorter width way on deck
• truck driver had been trained at the station
• when he pulled the cord it broke
• he fell off the side of the trailer (4 ft.) and landed on his upper back, neck and lower head

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The following actions were done to prevent a reoccurrence
•the compressor was turned length ways on the flat deck trailer so if anyone should fall for any reason they would not fall off the edge
•the compressor stand was nailed down so it could not be changed
•step by step bundle wire applying instructions will be added to the logging truck driver’s JSB’s

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lama Pass Fishing Ltd.
Steve Elluk 250-957-2421

File attachments
2007-11-29 Driver Falls Off trailer.pdf

Snag nearly results in serious injury for faller

Location: 
Belize Inlet, Trevor Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-06
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was falling a cedar snag approximately 15 feet in height. A slab fell off of the snag striking a cedar wind fall. The windfall slid down the slope glancing off worker on the way by.

• Contributing factors:
• Steep rocky ground
• Unstable ground debris
• Work area was not thoroughly sanitized

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Sanitize workspace of all hazards prior to falling tree, i.e., cut off long windfall at workspace.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Robert Pridge
805 Enterprises Ltd.
Ph: (250)756-6979

File attachments
Addendum #1.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-17
Company Name: 
Buckley House Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lowbed driver had attached a belt to the pin holding the trailer hitch onto the truck. This was apparently done so he did not have to reach in when pulling the pin to disconnect. The belt was fairly long and hung out from the hitch.

The lowbed was moving a D6 Cat and due to slippery road conditions the driver put his chains on. As the truck was proceeding down the road one of the chains caught the belt and pulled the pin out of the hitch. This caused the trailer to detached from the truck. The trailer started sliding backwards down a hill pulling the truck with it.
Fortunately the driver was able to stop the truck with minimal damage, he then hooked up and proceeded.

This could have been a very serious incident. This alert is to advise all drivers to inspect their trucks regularly and identify potential hazards. Also it is recommending not to add anything on to equipment.

Let all continue to work and drive safe.

File attachments
2007-12-17 Modifcation to Equipment Leads to Crash.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-11
Company Name: 
GRANT CONLON TRUCKING LTD.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded log truck was traveling on Highway 16 through the Village of Burns Lake when it became involved in an incident with a car. Fortunately there were no serious injuries to either driver but damage was sustained to both vehicles.

The driver of the log truck, observing traffic congestion at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 35, had already slowed to below the speed limit. When he saw the car attempt to cross the highway, the driver of the log truck applied his brakes only to have his trailer slide. The log truck driver tried to slow his truck and trailer while at the same time keeping his rig straight. The driver of the car continued her attempt and impacted the log truck in the area of the drivers’ side front tire.

Winter road conditions are in effect and drivers should be prepared for anything but can only be held responsible for their own actions. Other drivers need to be made aware of the distance it takes for a loaded log truck to stop safely.

File attachments
2007-12-11 Collision Between Log Truck and Car.pdf
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