Operator sustains injury as loader drops log, shakes violently

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Coastal Woodlands (Vancouver Island)
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Front End Loader Operator sustained a serious cut between fingers, requiring surgery. The loader (966H) was travelling on a dry land sort carrying a very heavy load of 3 Hemlock logs (max. load or overweight). Operator was wearing seat belt.

The operator slowed and turned on the approach to a log bunk. Inertia caused the front of machine to dip with the grapple hitting pavement. The back end of loader lifted off the ground and the operator released a large log from the grapple. This caused the rear to abruptly drop.

The loader violently shook and the operator’s hand flung approximately 8 inches, catching a finger in a metal latch (originally hood latch type, with after market change made).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Equipment must be inspected and records kept for unsafe working conditions. This includes: sharp objects, guarding, escape hatches and other safety devices, hazards from modifications, ergonomics and maintenance issues.
  • Manufacturer’s specified payloads must not be exceeded and operators must travel at safe speeds. Extra time is required to stop when carrying loads.
  • Supervisors must regularly observe equipment for care and control while logs are handled/moved.
  • Unsafe equipment must be locked out immediately, with repairs done and/or hazards removed prior to operating.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Safety Coordinator: Gary.Bauer@Interfor.com

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