Current Safety Alerts

Recent fatal alerts and letter from HM Coroner

A number of Fatal alerts have been issued by the HSE and a HM coroner letter from the arb sector:

These are stark reminders of the need to improve forestry safety.

Felling Dead Ash - Safety Guidance for Managers

Euroforest has kindly shared with FISA their Safety Guidance for Managers in Felling Dead Ash.

The main emphasis is on the need for robust planning and machine use being the preferred option.

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Timber lorry strikes goalposts at overhead power line crossing point - March 2018

Scottish Woodlands Toolbox Talk

A timber lorry operator was hauling dry chip wood and sat the crane on top of the load. The timber lorry crane smashed and brought down both sets of goalposts, before and after the overhead power line crossing point. He did not stop or report it.

The operator endangered the lives of subsequent timber lorry drivers, his colleagues and friends, by not stopping and reporting the damage he caused to the goalposts, which are specifically set up to protect them.

Read the full alert:

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Canadian Fatality Alert - March 2018

Police discover that a loaded logging truck had gone off the road and down a 15-foot embankment. The crash caused the logs to shift into the cab, trapping the driver. The driver, and lone occupant, a 44-year-old man from Merritt BC, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

While this incident is still under investigation and details are still to be determined, please review the following safety information related to safe log hauling in the attached alert:

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Canfor Safety Alert - Powerlines - January 2018

Incident summary:

  • A log truck driver lost control of the truck before leaving the road, entering the ditch, and rolling over onto the driver side.
  • The front bumper of the truck hit a power pole breaking it approximately 10ft above the ground.
  • The power lines came loose from the top of the pole and remained suspended above the roadway and two lines became tangled in the log bunks.
  • The driver was luckily wearing a seatbelt at the time and was not injured; the driver had to break through the window in order to climb out of the truck.

Read the full alert for more details inlcuding potential hazards and preventative actions:

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