Operator Falls Off Harvester Tire

Hazard Alert

Operator Injured – Always Maintain Three Point Contact

A logging contractor’s employee exited the cab of a harvester and stood on the harvester tire during a break. In the process, the operator slipped and fell to the ground, breaking his fall with his right hand.

The operator skinned the knuckles on his hand and sought medical attention. X-rays were prescribed, but nothing was found. No medications were prescribed.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Standing on the tire or tracks of a machine is a very hazardous activity. When doing so, the three-point contact must be maintained.  Exit machines completely when taking breaks, etc.

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.