SAFETY ALERTS

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Current Safety Alerts

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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Emergency Brake Test

Euroforest & Clinton Devon Estates Safety Alert

A part-loaded forwarder was involved in a run-away incident on a moderately steep bank in Devon due to the failure of both the working brakes (engine stall) and the emergency brake. Thankfully, due to the experience and competence of the contractor, no-one was injured.

A safe system for testing the repair was developed and proved effective for testing the braking systems in ‘real world’ conditions. This emergency brake test could be used more widely to improve the safety of mechanised operations on slopes.

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LOLER - lifting during machine maintenance and repair

The FISA Plant & Equipment Working Group met in July 2019 where the subject of lifting during machine maintenance and repair was discussed with the HSE. 

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Struck by tree during a felling operation

HSE - Initial notification of forestry fatality - see attached.

Key messages

Being struck by a tree, or branches, during felling or other tree work is a significant cause of death and major injury in forestry, aboriculture and other land-based industries. Tree work is common across the wider agricultural industry and the risks need to be managed. 

• Anyone involved in felling or tree work must be trained and competent for the task being done. 
• Making a felling cut is a one-person job. No other people should be close (keep people two tree lengths away). If the tree is on a slope, don’t let people stand lower down the slope where they will be at greater risk of being struck.   
• Check trees for signs of decay and other factors that may affect felling.
• Keep the escape route, and work area, clear of obstructions.
• Communicating safety information to everybody, including visitors, is an important part of managing health and safety. 

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