Band-It operator was placing bundle wires on a low bundle of logs in the lowest log bunk on the deck. Due to the extremely low level of the log bundle, the crimper mechanism was in an awkward position below the window sill (see photos in attached pdf) level of the Band-It.
To give himself more slack to work with, the operator cut the bundle wire before crimping it. Worker was using his left hand to try to force the front of the crimper onto the bundle wire sleeve and in doing so, failed to recognize his left index finger was in the cutting mechanism.
The worker activated the crimper mechanism trigger, which simultaneously activates the cutter resulting in a fractured finger. An additional high potential hazard was uncovered during the investigation. By cutting the wire before crimping it, then leaning over to force the crimper into place, the worker was exposed to a cut bundle wire just above his neck.
An accidental cycle of the bundle wire could result in the bundle wire being driven downwards at a high rate of speed into the worker.
Learnings & Suggestions:
1) Using a higher bunk to raise the level of the logs,
2) Machine assistance to raise the bundle,
3) Use the band truck or other banding method.
For more information contact: Ed Pilatzke 250-283-2961 extension 224
|Band-It operator's finger caught in cutter.pdf|