Hoe-Forwarder tips onto side

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

Madill 3800C was forwarding second growth logs downhill on 15% slope. Tracks were on a trail made of tops of logs and debris (puncheon).

Boom was forward and down when the puncheon started to collapse. The back of tracks started to slide sideways, and the front of the left track came against a stump.

Operator was unable to straighten the machine and it fell over, cab side down. Operator was wearing his seat belt and exited via rear door. Twenty millimetres of precipitation had fallen in the previous 24 hours.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Majority of hoe-forwarding incidents have occurred on relatively flat ground. Operators must not be complacent.
  • Trails must support the machine and load with no large gaps or air / snow pockets.
  • Soft / wet ground and other hazards must be tested before proceeding.
  • Supervisors must regularly inspect/observe machine operators to ensure a good plan is in place and operators are following safe work procedures.
  • All escape hatches must be checked every shift to confirm easy egress with no obstructions.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Coastal Woodlands Operations, Gary.Bauer@interfor.com

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