Current Safety Alerts

Significant Thorn Strike Injury

A chainsaw operative sustained a thorn strike to the middle finger of their right hand.

The individual suffered a severe reaction and has remained off work since (in excess of 3 weeks).

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AMEY - cable strike fine

Amey fined £600k over 11,000v cable strike

This safety alert is for a construction company - planning of forestry work to avoid cable strike as it is a vital safety requirement. 

Construction company Amey has been sentenced after one of its subcontracted workers was set on fire in May 2015 while replacing a traffic light pole in Gloucester city centre.

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London arborist - fatal incident report

Tragically a further treework  (Arborist) related fatal incident report. 

A worker from the London area died when he came into contact with his chainsaw during tree work.

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Forestry worker dies in accident near Selkirk

HSE notification of a fatal incident at Sunderland Hall near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

Whilst the details of the incident are still unknown (and subject to a full investigation), it is important to remember that chainsaw felling is one of the most hazardous activities undertaken in the forest industry. 

Thorough planning by all involved is vital to ensure that work is only undertaken by properly trained and experienced people using the correct equipment and techniques.  

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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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