Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Avalon Dryland Sort
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-07-11
Company Name: 
C.N. Danroth Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • It had been a very hot day.
  • A young Scaler had been feeling dizzy with an upset stomach.
  • He had informed two of the other Scalers that he was feeling sick.
  • He told them that he would try and tape one more row.
  • Half way through the row of logs a near by bucker who was the sort FAA noticed he did not look good.
  • The FAA immediately realized that the worker was suffering from heat illness and got him off the sort and attempted to cool him down.
  • The FAA and Sort Supervisor took the Scaler to a Medical Clinic that was 15 minutes away; the worker was delirious.
  • The patient was then transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital where he was treated for heat stroke and released later that day.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure all workers know how to recognize symptoms of heat illness in themselves and others and know what to do if it occurs.
  • Ensure all workers know how to protect themselves from heat illness.
  • Tailgate workers about the topic when the weather begins to get hot.
  • Create bulletins to have available to workers to caution them about heat illness.
  • Supervisors to ensure workers have adequate breaks, time out of the sun if needed and plenty of water.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2008-07-11 safety alert.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Barlow Lake FSR - Vanderhoof
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-10
Company Name: 
Ponderosa Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Timber Cruising crew was working in standing timber when a 2yr old Grizzly cub ran by on an adjacent trail. Two minutes later the sow walked by in the same direction. Both bears walked within 15m of the crew, noticed them but did not react.

There was an older moose that was heavily infested with ticks noticed earlier that day in the same area. It is thought that the bears may have been following the scent of the moose.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When a close bear encounter occurs, remove yourself from the area immediately. Ensure personal bear protection is readied and walk away from the area perpendicular to any trails.

A bear cub encounter almost always means that a sow is close by. Do not hesitate in removing yourself from the area.

When 2 or more people are working in one location, all workers should group together immediately and walk out as a unit.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dean Toll - Ponderosa Forestry 250-567-2469

File attachments
2008-05-10 Close Encounters With Wildlife.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Strousse Lake Road, Riske Creek Area, West of Williams Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-17
Company Name: 
Kennedy Forest & Safety Consultant
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In the early morning hours of January 17, 2008, two equipment operators were fueling up a decking machine on a roadside ground based harvesting show. The pickup carrying the fuel pulled in close to the decking machine to transfer fuel. When the fuel transfer was completed, the decking machine was started up to begin working. While the pickup driver was standing beside his truck, the decking machine operator began to move the boom. A large chunk of frozen ice was on the top of the boom and when the equipment operator swung the boom, a large ice chunk fell off the boom and narrowly missed the worker standing beside the pick up truck.

It was dark when the incident occurred and it had snowed on and off the week prior to this and warmer weather had caused the ice to form on the boom the day before.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When harvesting operations occur during winter months, equipment operators should be aware and observe logging equipment for snow and ice build up on the higher points of the equipment. Care should be taken when working near equipment and make sure fuel trucks or service trucks are a safe distance from equipment before the equipment is moved.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kennedy Forest & Safety Consultant @ 250-305-6633
Sapp Logging Ltd. @ 250-297-6223

File attachments
2008-01-17 Falling Ice Causes Near Miss.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Holberg Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-18
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Madill 075 Super Snorkel was being lowbedded to the shop, the machine and snorkel pointed to the rear. The snorkel was rigged with one forty foot (40’) section. An alternate driver was used as the regular driver was unavailable. While traveling to the shop the lowbed encountered a private vehicle in need of assistance, delaying the move into darkness. The driver and Supervisor discussed the move to the shop area during the delay and decided to proceed to the rear of the shop because of darkness/visibility issues, width of the machine (outriggers down) and power lines that paralleled the road in front of the shop.

The lowbed crossed the bridge approaching the shop and then turned left to proceed to the rear. During the turn, the snorkel swung in a wide arc from centerline and the end came into contact with a 25 KV power line. There were no injuries.

Upset Conditions:

  • There was no visibility due to darkness while the lowbed entered the shop yard with the Super Snorkel.
  • The lowbed driver and Supervisor were unaware of the correct shop yard entry procedures.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Formalize lowbedding procedures for entry into shop yards and around power lines
  2. Ensure all required signage is accurate and clearly displayed around power lines.
  3. Ensure relevant workers are aware of and trained in Electrical Safe Work Procedures.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Vince Devlin 250-956-5318 or vdevlin@westernforest.com

File attachments
2008-02-18 Snorkel Makes Contact With Power line.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Wood Lot 1592 Umiti Pit
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-09
Company Name: 
Val-J Holdings
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Operator was plowing snow of roads at WL 1592 Umiti Pit. Snow was deep and hard to push. As he was pushing the snow, the blade of skidder hit a rock in road and kicked the skidder sideways putting left front wheel over edge of road. When he tried to back up the rear wheel slid over edge putting the skidder sideways and it rolled onto its side.

Causes:

  • Heavy snow conditions
  • Plowing too much snow without pushing it off the road when blade is full
  • Rock kicking machine sideways

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Supervisor spoke to Operator about staying to high side just before rollover and he was doing it right but rock kicked machine.

Corrective Measures:

  • Push snow off of road before blade is full of snow. Stay to high side of road away from lower edge.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Dunkley (250) 992-9886 (250) 983-3443

File attachments
2008-01-09 Skidder Rolls Onto Side.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Vancouver Island - Logging Road – Millar Main near Mt Washington
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-04
Company Name: 
Leeward 04 Contracting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A grader operator was helping the lowbed driver to load the grader on to the lowbed for transport to the shop for repairs. The grader operator had completed his part of the job and went to climb off the lowbed. There was snow on the ground and on the lowbed. There was also mud on the lowbed (from the grader) and it was raining at the time.

The grader operator’s left foot slipped on the mud and snow on the lowbed as he moved to climb off. His leg twisted as he fell and he landed on the ground with all his weight on his left foot. The grader operator heard a crack and felt great pain below his left knee. He could not get up. X-rays later showed that the tibia was broken in three places.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Caution should be taken when surfaces are encountered that may become slippery in cold weather. Whenever possible, three points of contact should be maintained. When climbing up on or down off equipment, every effort should be made to grab hold of something solid with one or both hands.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Don Wilshere, Leeward 04 Contracting, Port Alberni
(250) 723-2220

File attachments
2008-01-04 Broken Leg Caused By Slip.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Company Name: 
Galena Contractors Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee was performing his work as a driller’s helper, and he was walking across a muddy area getting reading to light a safety fuse to initiate a blast. There was approximately six inches of mud on the ground – the driller’s helper’s boot got stuck while the helper was walking, and he fell to the ground. When he fell, his right hand struck a rock and the rock cut his hand open.

The worker received on site first aid – the wound was cleaned and bandaged. The worker then returned to work.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Workers must ensure the placement of their feet is determined before they move their feet.

They must also ensure they are knowledgeable of where on the ground their feet will be while moving.

File attachments
2008-01-01 Fall Results In Cut On Hand.pdf

Silviculture/Stand Tending/Fire Fighting

Location: 
CP 716-35, Golden BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-26
Company Name: 
Craig Oliver
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Details of Incident: A planter was working on a steep, winter logged section of block. Logging debris levels were high and unstable due to branches landing on snow during harvesting. As the planter reached down to plant a tree a branch scratched his face near the eye. These very fresh blocks pose a higher hazard for the planters. Logging plan changes and fire season closure created a short fall of available ground within the seedlot boundaries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

A decision was made to transfer seedlings from higher hazard sections of block to sections of a couple other blocks with lower hazard ratings. With extra planning and reallocations for the seedlings we can reduce our hazards to the worker, achieve healthier better plantation stocking. This does mean planting blocks over two planting season which increases planning time. Logging debris will settle over the winter, stabilizing and exposing good microsites. No further hazard abatement will be needed.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

S. Craig Olivier 250 344-6733

File attachments
2008-05-26 Silviculture Stand Tending Fire Fighting.pdf

Silviculture/Stand Tending/Fire Fighting

Location: 
Prince George Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-14
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On May 14, 2008, a large tick was discovered and removed from the scalp of a Silviculture staff member’s head by the First Aid attendant on shift at the Northwood Pulpmill.

The staff member had noted a small sore lump on her scalp after returning home from working Saturday supervising planting contractors throughout the Pelican Operating Area. She believed that the lump was probably the result of a small bug bite, such as a spider; as the incident seemed fairly routine, she decided to monitor the bite over the next few days and take action if the situation changed.

Since Saturday, the immediate area surrounding the lump had become inflamed and red, while the back side of her head where the bite was located had become very sensitive and painful to touch in addition to increasing soreness of the neck muscles on the side affected by the bite. She had been checking out the area with mirrors at night but could not see more than a discolored lump between all the hair follicles.

Recognizing that the situation had changed, she brought her concerns to a few fellow co-workers within Prince George Woodlands. After a few second opinions, she decided to visit the Level Three First Aid Attendant on-site located adjacent to the Canfor Administration Centre at Northwood Pulpmill. The first aid attendant inspected the area of concern under a high-powered magnifying glass; he subsequently agreed that the lump appeared to be a tick.

The tick was removed by heating up a metal rod on a stovetop element and consecutively burning the tick in the backside, as this was agreed on by the individuals occupying the Pulpmill’s security office, as well as the patient, as the known ‘best practice’ for safe tick removal. The tick proceeded to back itself out partially from the burning treatments, but was finally removed with force from tweezers. The affected area was cleansed with an antiseptic wipe and sent back to work.

After researching information regarding tick prevalence, associated diseases and action plans in the case of an incident over the internet, the tick was packaged alive and will be couriered to the BC Center for Disease Control in Vancouver for correct species identification and preserved for future reference. Though it is possible for the tick to be tested for the known bacteria and/or diseases that they may host, the Center will only conduct testing if the affected individual reports symptoms associated with the diseases.

As a result of this First Aid Incident, the following key messages are provided:

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Wear light colored clothing whenever possible; tuck in your shirt to your pants and your pants into your work boots if possible to reduce any skin exposure;
  2. Walk on cleared trails wherever possible, as ticks usually attach themselves to you as you pass through brush or tall grass (ticks do not fly and they also do not drop from tree crowns);
  3. Use insect repellent at your discretion as it could deter tick bites.
  4. Complete a ‘tick check’ for yourselves and your canine companions at the end of every field day, whether your skin was covered or not. Focus on areas of greater perspiration such as your scalp, underarms and groin area.
  5. Do not stop if you have found one tick – continue to search your whole body (or that of your dog) to ensure there are no additional risks to infection.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2008-05-14 Tick Bites.pdf

Planning & Management

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
West Kootenays - Tam O’ Shanter Creek Near Riondel, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-07
Company Name: 
Adam Rodgers, RPF
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The Grizzly Bear incident occurred on May 7, 2008. Worker ‘x’ was working alone for the day but was in radio contact with other crews (approximately 1km away). His specific task was to hang ribbon to identify the location for a proposed road. Worker ‘x’ attended a tailgate safety meeting that morning and was aware of potential hazards on the site, including animal awareness (a cougar had recently been observed in the vicinity). At approximately 10am, Worker ‘x’ came face to face with a 2 year old Grizzly Bear. He froze and watched as the bear approached. He tried to call on his hand-held radio for assistance but was partially unsuccessful because the radio was located in an inside pocket in his ‘cruising vest’. By the time he got his radio out, the bear was dangerously close (arms length away). Acting under instinct Worker ‘x’ dropped all his field gear, turned and ran downhill with only his radio in hand. Worker ‘x’ was issued Bear spray but did not carry his personal protective equipment device with him that day. While running, He managed to key the mike a couple of times; however, the conversation was fragmented on the receiving end. Other crewmembers believed Worker ‘x’ was being mauled by the bear and initiated a response based on the written emergency evacuation procedure for the site. The safety certification auditor called for an ambulance. The first aid attendant and helper began hiking towards Worker ‘x’. By the time Worker ‘x’ was approximately 500m away from the first grizzly encounter, he was still running and was full of emotion. As he came upon a very steep slope, he fell down and bruised his knee and chipped his tooth. As he stood up, he discovered the Grizzly Bear had continued to follow him through the forest. Worker ‘x’ was again at an arms length away from the bear. The Grizzly was standing on all 4 legs above Worker ‘x’ and swayed side to side. By then, Worker ‘x’ had begun to experience symptoms of stress and of minor shock. Worker ‘x’ began to yell and scream for his life because he was afraid and was without bear spray / bear bangers. Fortunately the bear did not come any closer. After a couple of minutes, the Grizzly Bear lost interest and moved on. By 10:30am, the supervisor and first aid attendant had arrived at the scene and found Worker ‘x’ to be aware and safe. His level of shock was minor yet he was very disturbed by the incident. The first aid attendant and helper proceeded to sweep of the area to ensure the bear had left. The first aid attendant radioed the safety auditor to use his cell phone to call off the ambulance. Worker ‘x’ and everyone else left the forest and discussed the event for an hour or so at the trucks before deciding to call it a day.

It should be noted it is difficult to enforce standard operating procedures for bear
encounters. Worker ‘x’ chose to run and he was not attacked. In our opinion he made the right choice because he is still alive. Whether or not he would have been attacked if he chose to back away slowly (as per the bear aware seminar) is not part of this investigation.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Bear spray and/or bangers MUST be carried (1 per crew and 1 per person if working alone) at ALL times between March 1st and November 30th.
  • Ensure hand held radios are readily available, especially in the event of an emergency.
  • When working alone, make sure you are aware of your surroundings. It is important to look at terrain features when locating a road, but also to look outside the road prism for hazards such as curious bears.
  • Back away slowly from any Grizzly Bear encounter.

 

File attachments
2008-05-07 Face to Face with a Grizzly.pdf
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