Worker's finger in the bight of wire rope caught on stump

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
New Zealand
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Forest Management New Zealand Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The incident occurred during a routine line shift, when a worker attempted to release the tail rope which had snagged on a stump.

After stopping the rope and getting slack he went in to throw the rope over the stump. He saw that there was slack in the rope from the stump to the hauler but couldn’t see that down the hill the rope still had weight on it over the gully.

He gave the rope a yank holding the tail rope each side of the stump, the movement caused the rope to move quickly dragging his hand around the stump crushing his middle and ring fingers.

This incident resulted in a lost time injury with the worker losing part of his middle finger, and highlights a work activity that takes place on a regular basis and may be getting overlooked for risk assessment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Don't rush to un-snag a wire rope without first stopping to properly assess the situation. Complete a thorough risk assessment.
  • Never assume - look for any part of the wire rope that may still be suspended or under tension, slacken ropes further if necessary.
  • Ask for assistance from a co-worker (another pair of eyes and/or hands) if you need to.


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