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:
Read the full alert for more details inlcuding potential hazards and preventative actions:
FISA Safety Alert 01.18
On no account should the Crane Grab, whether loaded or not, be lifted above any person – including the operator.
Loading crane risk zones detail listed
FISA Safety Alert 05.17
Whilst felling a large diameter tree, the operator was just about to move around the tree after finished the felling cut when he noticed another tree beginning to fall behind him. Unfortunately, he did not have enough time to react to the sight of the falling tree and was subsequently struck on the back.
Instances such as this where a small dead tree breaks off its stump and falls onto a Chainsaw operator whilst felling another neighbouring tree are unpredictable. However, this accident highlights the importance of carrying out a thorough inspection of the immediate work area prior to undertaking any felling. This will also include checking to ensure that escape routes are clear and free of any obstructions. Forest Works Managers should also consider this hazard on future operations and the risks that such trees could pose to site based personnel including Chainsaw operators. Should they deem it necessary, such hazards need to be recorded on the site based risk assessment and appropriate methods of controlling the risk identified and implemented.
FISA Safety Alert 04.17
A near miss occurred on a clearfell operation in northeast England on an area of steep ground which was utilising a Skyline system for whole tree extraction. The Skyline operator had just pulled up two trees and dropped them at the top of the bank prior to them being picked up by the harvester. The harvester operator removed one of the trees from the ground and began processing but whilst doing so the remaining tree became unstable. The Skyline operator did not notice the remaining stem on the ground as he was paying-out the carriage. At this point, the remaining tree became unstable and began to slip away from the landing area down the slope towards the area where the two chokermen were positioned.
Learned outcomes relate to planning, landing site location and communication.