Release Date: May 25, 2016
|Task: Making road change||Incident Date: April, 2015|
|Occupation: Rigging Slinger||Case No.:|
|Type of Incident: struck||SHARP Report No.: 92-21-2016|
In April of 2015, a 27-year-old rigging slinger was hospitalized with multiple contusions when he was struck by the haulback during a road change. The rigging slinger was part of a two-man rigging crew at a tower logging site. The timber sale the crew was harvesting was mainly small hemlock and fir. The rigging slinger had worked in the logging industry for six years. He was trying to hook up the skyline during a road change, but was having difficulty fitting the pin into the knockout shackle. He decided that he needed a little slack in the haulback, so he blew the whistle for slack. The haulback was under tension from pulling the skyline out, so that when the line was slacked it whipped starting at the yarder and ending at the corner block stump. This whipping action caused the strap to come off the improperly notched corner block stump. The stump had only a partial notch in the back that was not deep enough to hold the strap in place. The rigging slinger was standing in the bight of the haulback. He was struck by the haulback and flung about 50 feet downhill. He was hospitalized with multiple contusions to his head, neck, chest, back and abdomen. He has not returned to work in the logging industry.
Prepared by Randy Clark and Christina Rappin, WA State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries. The FACE Program is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH grant# 2U60OH008487-11).
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Publication #: 92-21-2016| May 25, 2016
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