Log in bundle slides, breaking window on boom boat

Safety Alert Type: 
Booming and Towing
Castlegar, BC
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A boom boat operator pushed a log bundle onto the cradle. The operator raised the cradle out of the water and stopped just as the bundle cleared the water to check for any logs protruding upstream, as is the normal procedure.

One log was crooked in the bundle and protruded 'upstream' 4-5 feet and needed to be pushed in. As the operator went in to push the log, the log slid on top of the gavel (front tie-off point). The operator put the boat into reverse but the momentum and the time it took for the boat to reverse was too late to prevent the log from striking the protection cage of the windshield. As a result, the log bent the safety cage causing the windshield to fracture.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Keep logs as low as possible to prevent the logs from coming over the top of the boat hull when pushing in logs back into position
  • Ensure the teeth on the front of the boom boat are in good condition so they will bite into the log when pushing.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

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

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