Boom man slips from icy log and into water

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

It was a close call after dark, as an experienced Boom man fell off a log and into the water. He was wearing sharp caulks but the logs were covered in ice. While falling he jumped towards a log bundle and was able to grab the end of a log and pull himself out of the water. He was not wearing a keyhole style or auto-inflate Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • With water temperature 4 to 10 degrees Celsius loss of dexterity can occur in approximately 5 minutes
  • If dark, boom workers must not work alone when and where others would be unable to render immediate assistance
  • If working alone over water, by Regulation workers must wear either keyhole style or auto-inflate Personal Flotation evice (PFD), along with high visibility shirt/jacket
  • There must be a documented (by person doing the check) check in procedure for working alone
  • Man Over Board alerts which immediately send an alarm to adjacent boat/land camp are available (for example search "Alert 418 Man Overboard Alarm System").


For more information on this submitted alert: 

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

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