Machine Operator Trips on Tree Stub

Hazard Alert

Safe Foot Placement

A machine operator was walking to his machine during shift change. He walked through some limbs and over some felled (bunched) trees to get to the machine. As he walked along the bole of a large spruce tree, he tripped on a stub and lost his balance. As he fell, he grabbed a tree limb for support, which resulted in a pinched tendon in his left shoulder.

The operator selected a walking route to the machine necessitating he climb over or through felled trees, increasing the risk of sustaining a slip, trip, or fall.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Select a clear route (free of obstacles) when walking to or from a machine to roadside. Avoid walking on the bole of felled trees. When an obstacle cannot be avoided, always be sure of foot placement, “Never put your feet where your eyes haven’t been.”

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.