First Aid at Work and Working Alone Reminder
A timely reminder about First Aid at Work Regulations and Working Alone safety considerations.
We often think of high risk harvesting sites to be those where chainsaw felling and winches and ropes are used. This is correct, but it doesn’t mean that harvester/forwarder sites are without risk. A near miss last month demonstrates that even when using forestry machines such as harvesters, things can still go wrong.
A pointed lesson
In a recent accident, a contractor lost the tips of two fingers when they were caught under the choker and winch rope.
The injured person was actually the harvester operator on the site. The job in hand was to motor manually fell some large edge trees with winch assistance to ensure the direction of fall. Once two or three trees had been felled they were being winched to the processing area.
The value of Capas
Over the past few years we have made a concerted effort to encourage employees and contractors alike to report more near misses.
For some people they see these as minor events of everyday life, but when collected together these reports give us a better understanding of where things are going wrong on our sites. Two recent examples of these have been slips and trips reports and reactions
Significant injuries caused by falls on site
Two notable falls on site in the past month have resulted in injury.
The first accident happened to a contractor working to restock a site that had been subject to heavy windblow before harvesting. As a result of the heavy windblow, the ground conditions were very rough because of the high number of uprooted stumps and large timber logs on the ground used by the harvesting machinery in place of brash. This increased the likelihood of slips and trips on the site. The contactor suffered a broken arm when he fell.