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.