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.