Current Safety Bulletins

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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Forwarder overturns - near miss

A Valmet 865 fitted with double band tracks overturned. It was carrying a full load of 3.7m logs. The machine operator was not wearing his seat restraint and fell within the cab. His fall broke one of the machine windows. He was unhurt and exited the cab through the door.

See Scottish Woodlands attached Safety Bulletin for ways to avoid such near misses.

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