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.