Operator falls from machine and breaks collarbone - November 2015

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Operator falls from machine and breaks collarbone - November 2015

Scottish Woodlands Safety Bulletin

A machine operator was undertaking routine maintenance in the engine compartment of a Tigercat 1075b forwarder.

He fell onto the metal band tracks and then onto the ground. He suffered a broken collar bone as a result of the fall.

Slips trips and falls are the cause of 50% of all major injuries; they are the most common cause of injury by far. The consequences of falls from machines, due to the height and the type of terrain we work on, can be very serious.

Always maintain 3 point contact when accessing and leaving your machine.

The manufacturers operator manual for the 1075b forwarder recommends that the bonnet of this machine is opened and closed from the ground, standing in a firm position, down in front of the machine.

Always follow the instructions in the manufacturers machine operator manual, they are written with your health and safety in mind.

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