Worker near feller buncher struck by flying debris in reduced visibility

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
near Celista, BC (Shuswap Lake)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Canoe Forest Products Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While employed on a wildfire at night, a worker was struck by flying debris that was dislodged by a feller buncher (with a de-energized head).

The worker was wearing all required PPE, had radio contact with the machine operator, and both were aware of each other’s locations. The worker was standing approximately 70’ from the feller buncher and adjacent to a parked road-building excavator that was being using as a barrier between the active machine and the worker.

Limited visibility prevented loose debris from being seen. When the feller buncher removed a buried log from in front of the parked excavator, a 10’ x 4’ cedar slab was thrown and struck the worker, knocking him to the ground and causing minor bruising.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Keep the required distance from all moving equipment especially during activities in conditions with limited visibility
  • Identify upset conditions and do not enter work zones where limited visibility will prevent the identification of all potential hazards.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Shawn Rolston, RFT



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