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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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Lyme disease and tick awareness

Ticks carry a lot of different diseases, some of them serious. 

Usually early treatment is your key to a full and fast recovery. 

The link below, from Forestry Commission Scotland, gives you more information on this, please share this information with your work colleagues. 

https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/managing/work-on-scotlands-national-forest-estate/health-safety-wellbeing/lyme-disease-and-tick-awareness


Company fined more than £500k following overhead power lines incident

Even though this is not forestry it is still a very relevant message:

Every year in the UK, two people are killed and many more injured when mechanical plant and machinery come into contact or close proximity to Overhead Power Lines

Read HSE press release


Accident - Shattering Wedge

FISA Safety Alert 05.18

The feller was sledging a plastic wedge into the back cut of one tree when the wedge snapped and the broken piece hit him hard in the face.  

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