Harry, an experienced logger, dismounted his machine around 11:30 a.m. to grab his lunch from his truck. On his way to the truck, he stepped on a 3 inch diameter log. The log rolled and Harry fell backwards. He caught himself with his hands, but the impact of the fall injured his wrists. Harry was in a lot of pain and couldn’t drive or operate his machine. Another logger took Harry to the local hospital. The fall broke Harry’s right wrist and badly sprained his left wrist. Harry was out of work for 4 weeks.
Take Home Message:
Slips, trips and falls can result in injury, decreased productivity and lost wages. It is not always possible to keep the logging site free from slip/trip/fall hazards. Whenever possible, step over logs and other debris, rather than on top of them.
Over a third of all major injuries reported each year are caused as a result of a slip, trip, or fall - this is the single most common cause of injuries at work.
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