Current Safety Alerts

Fencing ‘wire strainer’ handle recoil - face injury to operator

Scottish Woodlands Toolbox Talk

During your tool pre-use checks, look over the ‘hands’ of the monkey arms for wear, look at the monkey arm rivets for excessive play, check each link of the chain for excess wear or damage. Any damage or excessive wear on any of these components will reduce the grip and hold of the ‘monkey hands’ making them liable to jump off when under strain.

When setting out your tensioning length, ensure that there is no kink in the chain.

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North east sawmill fined after employee has his leg amputated

A sawmill in north east England has been fined after a serious incident at its site resulted in an employee having his leg amputated below the knee.

Read full News Release from HSE here.

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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