Current Safety Bulletins

Operator falls from machine and breaks collarbone - November 2015

Scottish Woodlands Safety Bulletin

A machine operator was undertaking routine maintenance in the engine compartment of a Tigercat 1075b forwarder.

He fell onto the metal band tracks and then onto the ground. He suffered a broken collar bone as a result of the fall.

Slips trips and falls are the cause of 50% of all major injuries; they are the most common cause of injury by far. The consequences of falls from machines, due to the height and the type of terrain we work on, can be very serious.

Always maintain 3 point contact when accessing and leaving your machine.

The manufacturers operator manual for the 1075b forwarder recommends that the bonnet of this machine is opened and closed from the ground, standing in a firm position, down in front of the machine.

Always follow the instructions in the manufacturers machine operator manual, they are written with your health and safety in mind.

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Machine Tracks Over High Pressure Gas Pipeline – Near Miss

All parties share a responsibility to ensure a safe system of work is identified, established and maintained - especially within worksites which have high hazard services.
The original wayleave had in places overgrow with natural tree regeneration, obscuring the clear wayleave line. As part of the lease agreement the landowner held an ongoing responsibility for keeping this wayleave clear.
There were no service provider marker posts identifying the location of the Gas Pipe within the worksite.
The FWM had identified only part of the centre of the way leave on the ground with red &white tape.
The harvester operator admitted that the route of the gas line and the one designated cross point had been clearly identified to him, however as he had seen some old overgrown ruts in the ground where he crossed and that section hadn’t be marked off, he thought it would be alright.
The FWM should ensure that the exclusion zone for high hazard services is clearly marked on the ground through the length of the worksite.
For their own safety, machine operators must clearly establish where they can and cannot drive.
Read the Scottish Woodlands Bulletin.

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Risk Zone Working

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

Read Euroforest Safety Notice.

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Metal fragment in eye – medical intervention injury

Wear eye protection.  Get into the habit of wearing eye protection - we often work in remote and poorly accessed locations and the consequences of even a relatively minor injury can quickly develop into something much more serious.

Read the Scottish Woodlands Bulletin.

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Forwarder contacts overhead power line – Dangerous occurrence

The FWM worksite scoping visit had identified a safe machine unloading area, this had been marked on the worksite map and detailed on the documentation. Any proposed deviation to the work plan should be agreed with the FWM - there may be safety or other factors of which you are not aware. If your machine does come into contact with an overhead power line, always follow the guidance in the FISA ‘Look up, Stay alive’ leaflet.

See Scottish Woodlands Safety Bulletin

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