Operator Cut Hand on Harvester Chains

Hazard Alert

Operator Cut Hand on Harvester Chains Hanging in Parts Trailer

The operator was reaching for a pipe wrench between an air compressor and a coil of spare harvester saw chains. As he pulled his hand out with the wrench, his index finger was cut between the second and third knuckle by one of the chains. The cut required four stitches to close.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Extend power cords to equipment so equipment can be kept farther away from stored tools. Spare harvester saw chains should be stored away from tool area. Ensure parts/service trailer is not congested.

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.