Incident Notice 2014-32

Incident Notice 2014-32

Type: Fatality

Industry: Logging, Woodland Operations

Incident Summary:

A worker was securing equipment to a flatbed trailer, while another worker was operating a feller-buncher harvesting timber nearby.  A piece of tree debris from the harvesting operation struck the worker securing equipment, causing fatal injuries.

Safety Reminders:

  • Assess and control hazards associated with tree felling operations
  • Ensure workers are not within range of a powered mobile equipment and at a distance of not less than twice the height of the tallest tree away from the immediate area in which felling is taking place
  • If a self-propelled mechanized feller is operating, ensure workers remain at least the minimum distance prescribed by the manufacturer of the feller away from the immediate area in which felling is taking place

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident. It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation. This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2015-08-17
PID: 15220

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