Current Safety Bulletins

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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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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