Harvesting Contractor Strains Back Reaching

Hazard Alert

Harvesting Contractor Strains Back While Reaching

A logging contractor had finished his shift operating a processor when he reached behind his seat to retrieve his lunch box. While reaching for the box the logger experienced a sharp pain in his back, extending from shoulder to buttock. The next morning while preparing for work and again while travelling to the woods, the logger experienced similar back pain. The logger returned home and made a doctor’s appointment for later that morning. The contractor was given was given prescription pain medication. The logger performed other duties for the remainder of the day and returned to the harvest site for the next planned shift.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

When retrieving objects align your body in order to reduce abnormal body positions. Minimize unnecessary stretching and reaching. Take frequent rest periods and do exercises to limber stiff/sore muscles.

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.