2010-04-03 Log Pinned Faller's Legs

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller fell a 5 foot diameter tree on steep 80% side slope. The log rolled down the hill and came to rest on top of a fir stump with the upper portion of the log elevated. The Faller assessed the entire log and taped prime bucking lengths along with trimming off the broken end of the upper piece. The Faller proceeded back to make his final cut assessing that both logs would fall away from his work area. When the cut dropped, the lower portion of the log took off down hill and the upper portion of the log pivoted uphill striking him and pinning his legs to the ground. To extricate the Faller, the log had to be jacked up. Worker was heli-medivacced to hospital for examination but suffered no injuries. Worker returned to work the following Monday.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • On steep ground ensure you take the time to assess all potential pivot points prior to bucking.
  • Leadership must clearly communicate the need to ensure safety is the primary motivator when making production / quality decisions at the worksite.
  • In handfall settings the option of repositioning logs by mechanical means should be considered if bucking presents heightened risk. Just because you could doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

For Further Information Contact: Kevin Somerville
Western Forest Products

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