Ride out the rollover

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Location: 
near Mackenzie, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-07-20
Company Name: 
KDL Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A grader operator was travelling to a new pit. He cleared the belly dump and went to continue, but the grader was in too high of a gear and so it stalled and started rolling backwards immediately.

The operator stepped on the brake, but no response. He tried to steer into the bank but it would not turn. He looked behind, undid his seatbelt and stood up to look at the side of the road and embankment.

As the back wheels were getting close to the edge, he decided to jump clear of the machine instead of staying in the cab.

The operator was not hit by the machine but sustained serious injuries from landing on the road. The injuries could have been avoided through proper training and following Standard Operating Procedures.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Prior to operating equipment -

  • Inspect the guarding and Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) for structural soundness
  • Ensure the escape hatch is in good working condition
  • Stow any loose items in the cab

During operation –

  • Gear down as speed decreases when travelling uphill
  • Know how to apply the brakes in a stall situation
  • Keep seatbelt on
  • Keep the cab door closed
  • Always ride out any rollover

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Pride, KDL Group (250) 997-3333

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Safety_Alert-KDL Group-Rollovers-July_20-2017.pdf

WorkSafeBC Bulletin: FAQ's about wildfire smoke

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-07-31
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

This publication from WorkSafeBC provides responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from employers during the wildfire season.

The information is intended to help employers understand the hazards associated with exposure to wildfire smoke, and to outline some measures you can implement to minimize worker exposures.

This general information is not intended to address the specific hazards and exposures faced by wildfire fighters. It is intended for other workplace environments where workers may be exposed to wildfire smoke.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

See the attached document for full details or read it online: http://www.worksafebcmedia.com/enews/ppd/170728/170728.html

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WorkSafeBC_Bulletin-wildfire-smoke-faq-July_2017.pdf

Roll over incident shows how quickly things can go wrong

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Northern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-06-26
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded gravel truck met an empty pickup on a logging road in dusty conditions with poor visibility. The gravel truck had just passed a grader, and was travelling in the middle of the road to avoid the windrow that the grader had just created.

The pickup truck swerved to avoid a collision and ended up rolling over into the ditch. The pickup sustained major damage and the driver of the pickup ended up breaking his thumb, while the passenger suffered a sore back.

Neither vehicle involved in the incident heard the other call their location in an area known to have very poor radio transmission.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards

  • Poor visibility due to dusty dry conditions.
  • Poor radio transmission (i.e., “blind spot”). It is suspected that Resource Road channels have caused transmission to become even less clear in this area.
  • A windrow of gravel in the center of the road.
  • No signage warning traffic the presence of heavy machinery operating nearby.
  • Complacency during shift change as drivers do not expect other traffic during the end of the day when road is not as busy with active hauling.

Preventative Actions

  • Vehicles must follow the “Rules of the Road” and clear traffic as required to allow unimpeded travel. In certain conditions such as poor visibility, narrow roads, dusty conditions this may require stopping in a pullout and waiting.
  • Vehicles must call all required KMs as per the radio calling procedures, including all “MUST CALL” signs in areas that have limited transmission.
  • Always post required signage if temporarily blocking or working on the road (e.g., “Grader Working”).
  • Only pass a grader or slower vehicles when there is a clear line of sight and it’s safe to do so.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

 

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Safety_Alert-Canfor-RolloverOnResourceRoad_June_21-2017.pdf

Downed Power Lines: BC Hydro urges public safety, avoidance

Safety Alert Type: 
Hazardous Materials
Location: 
Anywhere energized power lines may be downed, in contact with objects / ground
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-07-13
Company Name: 
BC Hydro
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In the past few months BC Hydro workers have come across several situations where caution tape had been applied either directly to downed power lines or to poles or trees that were in contact with power lines.

They also discovered numerous instances where members of the public, in an effort to clear debris from a road, had cut trees that were in contact with power lines. In at least one of those instances the person suffered an electrical contact and was rushed to hospital.

It is important to remember that power lines often remain energized while on or near the ground and that anything touching a power line can provide a path for electricity. First responders and members of the public should maintain a distance of 10 metres from any downed line and anything that is in contact with a power line.

Forestry and Tree Trimming Incidents – April to May 2017

  1. A logging truck snagged a telephone line that was crossing the street and broke the pole. The BC Hydro 25kV line dropped from the top of the pole onto the truck. The line remained energized as the load and tires on the truck caught fire (see photo in attached pdf). Passers-by attempted to extinguish the fire using portable extinguishers, unaware that the 25kV line was energized on top of the truck.
  2. A work crew was using an excavator to remove a large tree near a power line when they lost control of the tree causing it to fall through the line. The work crew continued to clean up the tree before BC Hydro crews arrived on scene.
  3. A member of the public felled a tree onto a 25kV line and then tried to cut the tree. He received an electrical contact and was transported to medical aid.
  4. A self-loading logging truck was cleaning up a load of logs from the side of the road when the picker contacted the telephone line. The movement shook the BC Hydro 25kV line off of the cross-arm and the line sagged and touched a tree.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

 

 Key Messages from BC Hydro

  • Never approach a power line. Always assume that it is energized. Never touch anything that is in contact with a power line and always assume that it is energized too.
  • Look up and identify overhead hazards. Know your distances and plan your work to allow for inadvertent movement.
  • Follow safe excavation practices. “Call before you dig” by contacting BC One Call at 1-800-474-6886.

Looking for Training? BC Hydro provides electrical safety awareness training for trades workers, first responders, and members of the public who may have interaction with their facilities. The training is provided free of charge, and it is available both online and in person. Visit www.bchydro.com/safetytraining

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Marc Spencer, Public Safety, BC Hydro marc.spencer@bchydro.com

 

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Hazard_Alert-BC_Hydro-Downed_Power_Lines-July_13-2017.pdf

Tree planting in blowdown leaves worker in stitches

Safety Alert Type: 
Silviculture
Location: 
Interior region of BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-05-23
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A tree planter was attempting to hit their target density by planting a tree in a high blowdown area. The tree planter misjudged their footing and slipped despite discussing the dangers of walking in slash during the morning tailgate meeting.

The tree planter slipped from a log onto another and punctured the posterior side of their thigh; the wound was approximately 2cm wide x 1 cm deep and required stitches to close.

Potential Hazards - Elevated risk due to the following factors:

  • Working in an isolated area far from the nearest hospital
  • Walking in high blowdown area with logs & slash that were wet
  • Planter wasn’t aware of the injury until later in the day during a break back at the pickup truck.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Preventative Actions - Reviewed alternate planting techniques with the planting crews, such as:

  • Go around fallen logs & slash, rather than over
  • Take advantage of planting minimums by planting right up to obstacles and around them
  • Never jump off blowdown; climb off instead while always maintaining 3-point contact
  • Avoid high slash areas, especially in wet and rainy conditions
  • Take lighter “bag-ups” in high slash areas to reduce the weight being carried that would impact balance
  • Always assess ground & footwear before starting work for the day; caulked boots must be worn in wet and/or slashy conditions.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

 

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Safety_Alert-Canfor-Tree_Plating_in_Blowdown-May_23-2017.pdf

Lightning strikes, risk of fire threaten field workers

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
Interior region of BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-07-09
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A storm developed at the end of the day while workers were walking out of the block. The storm came up quickly and included high winds, rain, hail, thunder and lightning.

The crew was walking out in the open on a built road without any standing timber around them.

Potential Hazards:

  • Risk of being struck by lightning when exposed or working in the open
  • Being trapped without an evacuation plan when lightning strikes ignite a wildfire.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Monitor the weather and make suitable plans when lightning is forecast, which should include evacuation and identified shelter locations. Suspend activities at first sign of thunder & allow sufficient time to get to shelter.

Safe shelters include:

  • Pickup truck with windows fully up
  • Under mature forest canopy with uniform tree heights - or if necessary, low ground (i.e., ditches or under clumps of bushes).

Wait a minimum 30 minutes from the last lightning strike or thunder clap before resuming work if required to work in the open. When thunder is heard, AVOID solitary trees, water, open fields, small rain/sun shelters/gazebos, and using the telephone or touching appliances. (Portable radios & cell phones are safe to use.)

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

 

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Safety_Alert-Canfor-Lightning risk-July_2017.pdf

Roadside harvesting work creates numerous hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Booming and Towing
Location: 
Northern Interior region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-06-30
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There have been multiple incidents recently reported involving equipment working along mainline roads with inadequate signage and/or radio communication.

Drivers have been unable to contact the feller buncher operator because they are only monitoring the contractor’s private radio channel. These drivers on mainline roads not aware that falling activities are taking place.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards

  • Falling timber and/or logging debris landing adjacent or directly on the road surface.
  • Passing vehicles driving too close to heavy machinery operating nearby.
  • Inadequate communication when vehicles can’t alert machine operators that they are approaching and require access.
  • Surprised or distracted drivers due to unexpected machinery or debris, which could result in a more serious incident.

Preventative Actions

As per WSBC Regulation sec 26.14.3 effective traffic control must be in place whenever vehicles on a road in a forestry operation are required to drive through a hazard area or through a safe work area.

  • “Effective traffic control” will require either signage, radio communication, flag person, or even physical barriers if necessary.

All heavy equipment must be monitoring the road channel at all times when working alongside active roads, which includes RR channels when working beside mainline roads.

Consider adjusting falling pattern to fall areas along roadsides in sequence during low traffic times and when supervisor, or designate, is available to direct traffic.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety_Alert-Canfor-Roadside Harvesting Hazards-June 30-2017.pdf

Tick season is here - A reminder to workers in BC

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Province-wide
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-06-21
Company Name: 
Econ Consulting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A new worker discovered an attached tick on their abdomen while showering at the end of a day of engineering fieldwork.

Tick awareness and checking for ticks had been covered during a pre-work safety meeting at the beginning of the shift and the worker was wearing long sleeved shirt and long pants but routine daily inspections were not being done as no tick activity had been observed up to that point.

The tick was immediately removed and discarded. There have been no symptoms of infection.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation and BC Centre for Disease Control websites provide information and updates on the status of Lyme Disease in British Columbia.

  • A 2013 CDC Lyme Disease Risk Map for British Columbia indicates that the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, and East Coast of Vancouver Island as well as southern interior valleys have optimum ecological conditions for the Lyme Disease organism to be present in the environment.
  • A November 2016 warning indicates that 2 of 3 ticks that tested positive for Lyme Disease in BC in 2016 came from the lower mainland (the other came from the Kamloops area).
  • A June 2017 bulletin indicates a new strain of Lyme Disease has been discovered on Vancouver Island.

The June 2016 Safety Alert of the Month (AOM # 2016-06-22) was reviewed at a safety meeting to refresh awareness and review procedures. The safety alert provides guidance on preventing tick bites:

  • Minimise exposed skin, tucking in clothing, using insect repellant
  • Perform thorough daily body checks as well as gear checks for stow away ticks.

It also provides guidance for safe tick removal and information about Lyme Disease including:

  • Prompt removal within 24-36 hours of bite to reduce potential for infection
  • Retain tick in a crush proof container. Take live tick to your doctor ASAP for testing or retain in fridge for a couple weeks in case you experience symptoms.

Additionally, company safety procedures have been updated to include a requirement that all tick bites be reported using an incident report form for internal record keeping purposes. It was also recommended that ticks involved in bites be retained for a few weeks in case of symptoms or forwarded for testing through a doctor.

Link to the Alert of the Month (June 2016): www.bcforestsafe.org/node/2808

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Len Apedaile RPF, Econ Consulting, 250 337-5588, email:len@econ.ca

 

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Safety_Alert_Tick Season-Econ_June_21_2017.pdf

Worker run over by large pickup truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Williams Lake, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-05-02
Company Name: 
Summit Reforestation Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A new tree planter was driven to camp. After the camp orientation, the planter went and laid down on a large section of grass that was being used for a parking area. The planter lay down behind a row of crew trucks that were parked perpendicular and adjacent to the road. Beyond this was a large grassy field.

All the crew trucks were parked facing outward, other than the last crew truck, which parked facing inward and perpendicular to the road. It had just arrived and was not able to back in due to the lane being blocked by another vehicle.

The driver of the crew truck left his vehicle to use the washroom. The driver returned to his vehicle a few minutes later along the road where the visibility to the location of the planter was blocked by the other crew trucks. The rear door of his truck was open and was obscuring his line of sight along his vehicle.

The driver walked around the back of the truck to the driver side door and then got in. The driver pulled forward and turned right, driving around and behind the end vehicle. His front tire missed the planter; however, as he made his turn the rear wheels went directly over the planter’s torso.

The planter received extensive crush injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

HAZARD - Upset Condition: When someone is forced to do something that is outside of established policy or best practice of the normal course of duty, the risks associated with that act are increased. In this incident, there were at least two “upset conditions”

  1. The driver could not safely back into his parking space so chose to pull in forwards.
  2. The planter arrived in camp early before other employees, and before the planned orientation and training.

PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS - Ensure employees understand “why” a best practice such as backing in to parking spaces is in place. In understanding the intention of the best practice, the employee can mitigate the risks involved in taking alternate action.

HAZARD - New Employees: When new employees first arrive on site, they are yet to receive full orientation and training.

PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS - Designate safe spaces where new employees can be so they will be protected from the hazards associated with the worksite. Ensure new employees are not left unsupervised outside of these designated areas until orientation is completed.

HAZARD - Blind Spots and the DANGER Zone: Large vehicles have large blind spots both in front and behind them; for some drivers, these blind spots can extend over 12 metres from the vehicle. Employees and drivers may not be aware of the size of these areas.

PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS:

  1. Ensure drivers are consistently doing circle checks any time they have lost track of what may have entered this “Danger Zone”. Typically, this would be whenever they leave their vehicle for any period but may also include time spent talking or making notes where their attention had not been on the task of driving.
  2. Drivers should honk their horn before moving from a parked position.
  3. Drivers should adjust their seats to the highest comfortable driving position to maximize their field of vision around their vehicles.
  4. All employees need to be aware of this “Danger Zone.” Ensure employees are trained on how large this zone is and ensure that they are paying full attention when in this space. Do not allow employees to loiter in the immediate vicinity of vehicles. They should only be in the “Danger Zone” when necessary and exit as soon as possible.
  5. Keep parking areas as far from common areas as possible so employees are not tempted to loiter near them – ensure employees are only in designated parking areas when conducting relevant business.

HAZARD - Headphones limiting situational awareness: The use of headphones can severely limit a worker’s ability to hear what is happening around them.

PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS - Headphone use is not safe in a work environment –ensure policy limits use to safe spaces around camp (mess tent or personal tents etc). When a worker is on duty they must be aware of the possible dangers around them.

HAZARD - Travel fatigue: Workers often have extended travel to get to us. Their level of fatigue from this travel may be very significant.

PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS - Organize pick‐up times so that we pick up employees in a fresh state of mind. Know the flight and bus times and when they arrive in town. Encourage people to arrive a day earlier and spend the night in town where they can rest before you pick them up to start work.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Summit Reforestation Ltd. (250) 847-5125

File attachments
Safety_Alert-Summit_Reforestation-May_2-2017.pdf

Pickup truck caught in landslide

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Highway 20 (25 kilometres west of Williams Lake)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-06-19
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry worker driving to a job site in a pickup truck was swept down a steep embankment when a section of Highway 20 washed out. The worker was able to get out of the pickup and was rescued. However, he did sustain injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Link to recent Landslide and Flood Safety Alert: http://www.bcforestsafe.org/node/2964

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gerard Messier, BC Forest Safety Council 1-877-741-1060

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