Improper Dismount From Machine Causes Injury
Improper Dismount From Machine Causes Operator Injury
A harvester operator was helping with repairs to a TJ 1270 harvester while in the harvest block. He was standing on the rear of the machine in proximity to the engine compartment. The contractor asked the operator to go to the landing to retrieve a part. The operator crouched down and jumped to the forest floor (approximately 3 feet).
The contractor noticed what the operator was about to do and called out to him; unfortunately, it was too late. The operator rolled his ankle, resulting in a severe sprain of the left ankle. The operator was driven to the hospital in Bridgewater and X-rays were taken. No broken bones were found, but the ankle was placed in a cast. The doctor told the operator to take seven days off work. The operator was wearing steel-toed work boots with high ankle support at the time of the incident.
Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence
Use three-point contact when mounting/dismounting machinery. The operator was aware of the proper technique but failed to use the proper procedure through his haste. Everyone is responsible to correct/stop improper mounting and dismounting techniques.