Fall From Delimber – Operator Injured
Fall from Machine – Operator Injured
A delimber operator was helping to install a new delimber head on his machine. He was standing on the roof of his cab, approximately 14 feet above the ground, tightening bolts with a socket wrench when the socket suddenly slipped. He lost his balance, fell backwards off the cab and landed on a woodpile. He suffered multiple injuries to his back, pelvis and head.
Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence
- Anyone working at a height should take great care to avoid falling by cleaning up oil or grease spills, removing debris, maintaining three-point contact at all times, and by using a safety line wherever possible.
- Ensure that workers performing service on machines are qualified and properly instructed to do the job safely.
- Fall protection must be provided for workers exposed to a fall hazard of more than 3 metres (10 feet).