Yarder operator falls from machine, suffers sprained ankle

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Coastal BC
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Grapple yarder operator was standing on the walkway of his machine, which was sitting on an angle. The operator was unable to move the machine to flat ground or swing the cab to allow the worker to stand on the tracks, due to the battery being dead.

The grapple operator opened a side compartment door and as it swung open, it caused the worker to lose his balance and fall to the ground 4 feet below. He suffered a sprained ankle as a result.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Install steel mesh on walkways of the grapple yarder for better grip
  • Install handrail beside door
  • Operators should have machines on stable flat ground before entering whenever possible
  • Supervisors and Operators must regularly inspect equipment for hazards
  • Be aware of heavy doors and forces/hazards when opening.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Safety Coordinator



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