Packaging worker's thumb gets stapled

Safety Alert Type: 
Sawmills and Reman
Castlegar, BC
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At the mill's paper wrap station, there was a package of mixed length lumber to tag. The economy packages do not require to be paper wrapped, only tagged. The tags are required to be stapled to the package.

The operator stapled the top of the tag and the tag curled up from the bottom. The operator held the bottom of the tag. When he was attempting to staple the bottom left corner, he inadvertently put a staple into his left thumb.

The operator had the trigger depressed while he was applying staples. He was wearing Gander Brand Ninja X4 gloves.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • OMER Brand tools are equipped with a safety mechanism and can only fire when the safety and trigger are depressed at the same time.
  • Operator was holding trigger and using the safety to fire the tool.
  • Cap Staple Tools were used on all products except for cedar and for “tag only” packages.
  • Ensure proper hand placement while stapling and using the trigger to fire OMER tools.
  • Cap Staple Tools function the same as OMER Staple tools. Cap tools automatically place caps, and will now be used to staple tags on all packages.
  • Cap Staple Tools require less manual hand use for opposite hand and have a wide safety mechanism that helps to keep the tool farther away from the opposite hand.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tony Mackie, Safety Coordinator Tony.Mackie@Interfor.com

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