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Court Summary - at a glance
- To have a qualified and competent person supervising the breaker outs
- Ensure that a safe position for breaker outs to stand for the break out phase
- Implement a procedure that describes how to conduct breaking out in a safe manner when working in the danger triangle directly below the log landing
- Train breaker outs workers in the procedure that describes how to conduct breaking out in a safe manner working in the danger triangle directly below the log landing
The crew was performing breaker out and skid work with pine logs. On the day of the accident, one worker was managing the processing deck for the logs, whereby another log slid past, down the chute. The worker attempted to stop the log. He used the loader horn in an attempt to warn the breaker outs (other workers) of the log sliding down the chute).
One of the crew climbed down the chute and found the victim trapped under a log amongst other heavy log slash. The victim suffered a broken left hip and left arm.