Current Safety Alerts

Raised Cranes on Timber Lorries

Over the past few weeks we have received two reports of timber lorries moving with the timber crane in a raised position. Both have struck overhead objects.

Timber lorries must have the timber crane safely stowed before moving.

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PPE – Your last line of defence

A chainsaw operator narrowly escaped a serious head injury when a branch from a tree he was felling snapped off and came back toward him striking him across the shoulder and back of the head.

PPE is the last line of defence against injury and must ALWAYS be worn, kept up-to-date and in good condition.

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Tree surgeon killed when he fell while working in tree

Notification of recent tree work fatality attached.

Whilst light on detail at this early stage of HSE’s investigation it is important to publicise its occurrence and to highlight sources of relevant information.

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Chain shot from operating harvesters

This Safety Alert is being issued as a result of a recent chain shot accident on a harvesting site.

Chain shot can cause serious injury or death to the machine operator, ground personnel and bystanders. It occurs when the chain breaks within the harvesting head and ejects a piece or pieces of chain at high velocity (similar to the speed of a bullet).

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Estate radio system setting off harvester head

Site pre-start check, picked up a radio glitch

As part of a standing sale thinning we had some roadside harvesting to undertake on a B road.  Our estate staff were set up to do the traffic management (Stop/Go boards) whilst the contractor for a local timber merchant felled the trees within the roadside zone. 

The signs where set up and the teams had just run through a tool box talk to go over the method of working when it was discovered that the transmit button on the short wave radios that were to be used to communicate with the traffic controllers and the harvesting operator was setting off the cut function on the harvester head.  On discovering this we changed the radios to shorter range walkie talkie radios which presented no further problems. 

I spoke to our Estate radio system supplier who had not come across the problem himself, but had heard of a similar radio system interfering with a rear linkage of an agricultural  John Deere tractor and a pea harvester in Fife.  He suggested that the problem may be down to inadequate screening in the harvester from radio interference.  The harvester was a Ponsse.

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