Contractor Hit by Harvester Step

Hazard Alert

Contractor Hit by Harvester Step

Two employees were replacing a centre joint bearing on a harvester.  One employee shut off the engine to help the joint relax in order to complete the job.  When the engine switch was turned off, the hydraulically operated cab step automatically extended, striking the other employee in the head/neck area.  Personal protective equipment was being worn by the injured employee at the time of the accident.

The employee failed to recognize danger of the step extending and /or to warn his co-worker of the potential danger.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Improved communication and review of lock-out procedures prior to conducting maintenance.  Always be aware of the positions of fellow employees and advise each other of all intended actions.

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.