Slip from skidder tire results in lost-time injury; reminder of importance of 3-point contact

Safety Alert Type: 
Approximately 70 km’s from Mackenzie, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Val-J Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was about to climb off his machine, using a tire to dismount. His footing slipped so he jumped the remaining few feet to ground, rather than falling face forward. When he landed the worker heard his ankle ‘pop’ and felt immediate pain.

A supervisor assessed the ankle damage. The injured worker could not put pressure on or stand using that ankle.

This injury has resulted in a time-loss incident for the employer and long term healing for the worker.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • The procedure should have been to go down the blade for a proper 3 point dismount off the skidder.
  • Continually review safe work procedures (SWP’s) and emphasize the importance of not cutting corners on safety procedures.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Dunkley, Val-J Holdings Ltd. (250) 983-3443

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