Current Safety Alerts

Self-employed tree surgeon was killed when he was hit by the tree he was felling

HSE - Initial notification of forestry fatality - see attached.

Key messages:

Being struck by falling trees or branches is one of the biggest causes of workplace death and life changing injury for tree surgeons. The proportion of people killed doing tree work is higher than almost any other occupation.
• Tree workers must be adequately trained and their competence checked
• Tree felling is a one-person operation and others should be at least two tree lengths away
• Check trees for signs of decay and grain direction
• Ensure the escape route and work area are clear of obstructions
• Always make a sink cut
• Felling cuts should be level or slightly above the level of the horizontal sink cut

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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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