The importance of correct body position while limbing trees

Safety Alert Type: 
Bucking and Limbing
Coastal British Columbia
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A helicopter hill crew bucker sustained a laceration behind his left knee after the chain was thrown from the saw bar. The worker was standing on top of an adjacent log while limbing.

The worker was under bucking a loaded limb with the chainsaw positioned across his body. While bucking the limb the saw chain came off the bar and whipped around the back of the workers left knee, resulting in a small laceration.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Avoid limbing across the body with a chainsaw
  • Ensure safety devices on the saw are working correctly including chain catcher
  • When bucking loaded limbs, put in a series of tension relief cuts
  • Follow procedures and information contained in the BC Faller Training Standard InfoFlips.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Safety Coordinator Gary.Bauer@interfor.com

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