SAFETY ALERTS

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Current Safety Alerts

HSE - Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.

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HSE - Initial notification of two fatal incidents - January 2019

November 2018 - A man was killed on a farm when he was trapped by a branch he was removing from a tree.

August 2018 - A man was killed when cutting a hedge with a chainsaw.

HSE key messages included in FISA Safety Alert below:

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Please don't bring your children to work! - Dec 2018

Seasonal Warning                       

As the holidays approach please remember that it is unsafe to carry children in wagon/forestry machine cabs. Children can and do:.......

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Near Miss - Potentially Fatal Accident 29th Nov 2018

Letter from Euroforest to Hauliers and Haulage Operators informing them of a near miss which occurred the afternoon of 29th November 2018.

A flat bed loaded with hard wood chip/firewood, lost a length of timber onto a busy “A” road narrowly missing a number of other road users.

It is essential that all loads are properly secured and that means double strapped - see p24 of FISA Haulage Safety Handbook 2018

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Beware Falling Branches - Tilhill Safety Alert

As the injured party had completed the felling cut, the rear of the forked branches started falling vertically top first to the ground where IP was standing. The branch glanced the IPs hard hat and right-hand shoulder/ right side of body. The IP fell to the ground and the force of the branch knocked him about 2 to 3m down the bank.

The other chainsaw operator went to his aid and summoned assistance by running down the slope to other operators who were working nearby.

The emergency response procedures worked well and the Mountain Rescue, Ambulance and Air Ambulance were on the scene within 30 minutes of the call.

Learning Points:

1. Be constantly aware of likely danger, especially when the tree begins to fall.
2. Always check and double check branches for any changes no matter how slight whilst felling.
3. Chainsaw operators must have a means of communication with them at all times.
4. Review your emergency plan to ensure that it is up to date and relevant to the part of the site you are working on.
5. Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE at all times.


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