SAFETY BULLETINS

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Current Safety Bulletins

Timber harvester operator in US killed following a chain shot incident

On August 12, 2010, a 47-year-old timber harvester operator (employed by a logging company) was fatally injured when he was struck in the neck by a broken saw chain link while processing a Douglas-fir tree and the cutting chain experienced chain shot. Chain shot is the high velocity separation and ejection of a piece or pieces of cutting chain from the end of a broken chain.

While this happened in USA it is still of relevance to all harvester operators.

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Forest machine contacts overhead power line - Oct 2016

Scottish Woodlands - Safety Toolbox Talk

Before any Contractor or his machine operators mobilise to site they should know if there are any powerline crossing points on both the site access route and within the worksite and what maximum height limits have been set on these (this information will have been supplied by the FWM). The machine operator must also know the height of his machine in its transport mode, including the combined height if it is being transported on a low loader. If a machine operator suspects his machine height may be greater than the safe clearance on any of the crossing points he should contact the Contractor and/or the FWM and agree alternative safe access arrangements.

Other useful reading includes the FISA Safety Guide 804 and HSE Guidance Note GS6 (Fourth Edition) 

 

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Forwarder risk zone - April 2016

Euroforest Safety Notice

A risk zone is exactly as it says on the label. It is the area where you are at risk of injury or worse.

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Near-miss Tree felling within falling distance of a public road - Feb 2016

Scottish Woodlands Safety Bulletin.

Useful example of  a well-planned task going wrong simply due to a failure to communicate the plan effectively. The emphasis should be on the need for robust communication arrangements for safety-critical tasks, arrangements that deal effectively with change - whether it’s changes to the task, systems of work or, in this particular case, personnel. The arrangements should ensure that the right information is understood by the right people at the right time. 

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Skidder and brake incident - December 2015

Euroforest Safety Notice

A contractor has been crushed between a tree and the butt plate of a skidder while un-chokering. This has resulted in a broken bone in his pelvis giving pain when walking.

The direct causes of this incident are that the handbrake was not engaged and the contractor was working between the tree and the butt plate.

The root causes will be familiarity with the operation. Getting in and out of the cab on numerous times during a day.

Never forget that forestry is a high risk activity full of hazardous tasks. Keep alert and always follow safety guidance.

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