A pointed lesson
In a recent accident, a contractor lost the tips of two fingers when they were caught under the choker and winch rope.
The injured person was actually the harvester operator on the site. The job in hand was to motor manually fell some large edge trees with winch assistance to ensure the direction of fall. Once two or three trees had been felled they were being winched to the processing area.
The value of Capas
Over the past few years we have made a concerted effort to encourage employees and contractors alike to report more near misses.
For some people they see these as minor events of everyday life, but when collected together these reports give us a better understanding of where things are going wrong on our sites. Two recent examples of these have been slips and trips reports and reactions
Significant injuries caused by falls on site
Two notable falls on site in the past month have resulted in injury.
The first accident happened to a contractor working to restock a site that had been subject to heavy windblow before harvesting. As a result of the heavy windblow, the ground conditions were very rough because of the high number of uprooted stumps and large timber logs on the ground used by the harvesting machinery in place of brash. This increased the likelihood of slips and trips on the site. The contactor suffered a broken arm when he fell.
The past few weeks have seen a series of incidents, each of which could easily have resulted in fatal injuries.
Each case is being investigated fully and also being reviewed for any evidence of common threads. None of the sites or the tasks were out of the ordinary, so we must all remain alert to the hazards of our work and the
De-energise your plant
When you carry out maintenance on your mobile plant and equipment do you switch it off? I would hope for all our sakes that we carry out this most basic step. But have you thought beyond that?
You may wonder what I mean by that question – Have you secured the machine so that it cannot be turned back on again before it is safe to do so? This can be as simple as removing the key and keeping it somewhere safe, away from other people. If you do this then you are on the right tracks.