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Trailer Setout Man Breaks Hand on Landing Gear Handle

By Staff
Date Posted: 3/3/2016


                On  a  winter  afternoon  in  the  Southeast,  a  logging  crew  member  was jockeying  setout  trailers  on  a  harvesting  operation. The  weather,  ground  conditions,  and topography were all favorable.



                The  35-year-old  logging  crew  member was the “spot man” — his job was to hook and unhook loaded and empty trailers, moving the loaded trailers to a site off the log deck, unhooking them, and leaving them for the road trucks to pick up. He had been  employed  on  this  logging  operation  for  2-1/2  years  and  was  considered  fully  trained. He had one previous accident in his employment history. He was wearing a hard hat but no gloves.



                The spot man was turning the handle to wind up the landing gear. He had the landing gear all the way up and was attempting to put the pin in the hole with his left hand while  holding the handle with his right hand. He was not using landing gear’s safety latch, although it was  in  working  order. He  was  in  a  hurry  and was not paying close attention to his actions.



                With the landing gear wound all the way up, the spot man’s hand slipped off the handle. The  handle  rotated  rapidly  around  and hit the back of his hand.



                The  spot  man  broke  two  small bones   on  the  back  of  his  right  hand. He required  medical  treatment  and  lost  8  or  9 weeks of work.



                1) Be  sure  to  use  the  locking  mechanism  or  latch  to  hold  the  weight  of  the  landing  gear  while securing it in place — develop and follow safe operating procedures.

                2) Pay attention to where you place your hands and head.

                3) Wear gloves when they will provide additional protection.

                4) Get assistance from a fellow employee if there is any problem with the locking mechanism.

                5) Be aware that many accidents and injuries occur when a worker is in a hurry and fails to ask the “what if” question before starting a task.

                Source: Forest Resources Association


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