2009-05-04 Operator Fatality Unloading Barge

Safety Alert Type: 
Louise Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An experienced worker was fatally injured when the Madill 3800 log loader he was off-loading from a marine barge slid off the loading ramp and tipped over on its side; trapping the worker in approximately 8 feet of water (The tide was higher than shown in the photo).


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Operations involved in loading and unloading equipment onto barges should:

  • Review their current procedures to assess whether they have fully addressed the hazards involved including their procedures for reviewing changing conditions such as tide and weather.
  • Review their emergency response plan in the event a piece of equipment enters the water.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Disclaimer: This Safety Alert has been produced in the interests of injury prevention. The BCFSC accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of this Safety Alert or any advice contained in it. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate, recipients are advised that the release of this Safety Alert may have preceded full investigation of an incident and include detail that may not have been directly verified with the parties involved. Implementing any suggested actions from this Safety Alert is entirely a matter for recipients, in light of their own safety management system and related work procedures.


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