Current Safety Alerts

Safety Zones / Escape Routes

FISA Safety Alert 03.17

Four recent serious accidents in Scotland have served as a stark reminder how dangerous worksites involving chainsaw work can be.  Despite a huge amount of effort over the past few years these accidents keep happening.  Tragically, most could have easily been prevented.  

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At work supervision & mentoring

FISA Safety Alert 02.17

At work supervision & mentoring for those training under the Forest Machine Operation(s) ‘record of registration’ (historically known as the ‘Provisional Licence’) must be provided by a person who holds the qualification(s) appropriate to the machinery being used and operation being carried out.  This supervisor must be proficient in the use of the machine(s).  

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FISA Member Incident Notification

FISA Safety Alert 01.17

A chainsaw operator suffered minor injury in a felling accident, and made a precautionary visit to hospital. The chainsaw operator was working as part of a team on an active timber harvesting site in NE England. 

The details of this incident are still unknown, as the incident is under investigation.

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Pedestrian Access Alert

FISA Information leaflet based on a Forestry Commission England Health & Safety Briefing showing a simple system to monitor public access on a worksite operated by a contractor that alerts the machine operator to unauthorised public ingress.

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Track tensioning incident

Do not refit/reuse hydraulic components that have detached from the hydraulic system under pressure. 

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An operative died from hydraulic injury sustained whilst tensioning the track of an item of construction plant (this would be applicable to a lot of forestry plant too).  The grease nipple became detached from the track adjustment mechanism permitting the release of grease under high pressure. 

This alert reminds those involved in the adjustment and maintenance of hydraulic machinery of the potential for such injury during this type of work.

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