SAFETY ALERTS

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Current Safety Alerts

Alcohol Based Sanitiser Incident

CPI Safety Alert

Alcohol based sanitiser is flammable; but it remains important to protect yourself from Covid-19:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty/handwashing is unavailable.

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Chainsaw work using ear defenders - avoid distraction

FISA Safety Alert

A reminder, you should not use ear defenders to play music /podcasts when undertaking chainsaw work. 

If ear defenders are used to play music or podcasts, risks in the surrounding environment /surrounding activity when using a chainsaw may not be heard, for example

  • a co-worker trying to get your attention,
  • a machine approaching into the risk zone,
  • listening for wood movement when felling large diameter trees or in windblown operations.

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Covid-19 Timber Haulage Alert - 27 March 2020

Forestry England Safety Alert

A timber haulier entered Forestry England land to collect timber and while on site, the driver engaged in conversation with the supervisor. Both parties maintained social distancing. During the conversation however it became evident that the driver had a cough symptomatic of COVID-19 infection and he admitted that he thought he had contracted the disease. The driver left with a load to go to the customer’s mill.

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Tigercat Rollover

Safety Alert from Glennon Brothers

A number of learning points when felling on steep ground.

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Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

HSE Safety Alert

Target Audience: All workers, employers, self-employed, contractors’ and any others who undertake welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry.

Key Issues:         

  • There is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer.
  • There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer.
  • There is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fume, including that from mild steel welding.
  • All businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fume arising from those welding activities.
  • Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fume.

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