Feller-Buncher comes within 5 feet of unmarked rock cliff

Safety Alert Type: 
Mechanical Tree Falling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A buncherman was falling trees along the road right-of-way at night before luckily stopping within five feet of a steep rock cliff, which dropped fifteen feet down to a stream below. There was no indication of the steep rock cliff on the logging plan map, and there weren’t any “safety hazard” ribbons hung in the field as per the ribboning standards.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • A steep rock cliff that was a significant drop in the cutblock was not indicated on the logging plan or discussed in the prework
  • Layout contractor did not follow procedures by failing to mark the rock cliff as a “safety hazard” with the appropriate ribbons in the field and including all known hazards on the final layout map; contractor confirmed they were aware of the expectation to do this
  • An incomplete logging plan map that did not include any indication of a significant safety hazard.

Preventative Actions:

  • Review ribboning standards with all layout crews and permitting staff to ensure full understanding
  • Complete investigation with all layout crews to identify if ribbon & mapping standards weren’t followed in any previous blocks so any safety hazards can be identified before any logging activity
  • Review ribbon & mapping standards to identify opportunities for improvement (e.g., “ROAD R/W” & “Safety Hazard” ribbon are both pink w/ black).


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com 

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