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Safety/OSHA

  Safety Alert: Firewood Cutter Breaks Leg - A landowner sustained a compound fracture below the knee as a pickup ran over him.  (7/1/2014)

  Safety Alert: Woods Worker Burned at Warming Fire - A logging crew member sustained severe burns to the hand and face.  (6/1/2014)

  Safety Alert: Dead Tree Strikes Logger On Windy Day - A dead tree fell or blew over, pulling its roots out of the ground and striking a logger’s head.  (5/1/2014)

  Safety Alert: Mechanic Suffers Hydraulic Oil Injection Injury - Where the oil impacted the skin it left a bruise the size of a quarter and pierced a hole through the skin similar to a needle puncture.   (4/1/2014)

  Safety Alert: Trucker Falls Off Triaxle Truck Ladder - The driver lost his balance, slipped off the ladder, and fell approximately eight feet to the surface of the concrete woodyard.  (2/1/2014)

  Safety Alert: Driver Injured in Load Trimming Mishap - A pine pulpwood tree fell from the loader’s grapple and landed on the far side of the log truck where the driver was trimming his load.   (1/2/2014)

  Safety Alert: Collapsing Log Stack Kills Log Yard Worker - While the victim was removing the plastic tarp and standing on the pile, some of the logs shifted, rolled down, and pinned the victim from his waist down.  (11/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Skidder Operator Killed in Steep-Slope Rollover - As an operator winched the load toward the skidder, the load may have hung up against or became wedged between stumps. The machine flipped over, rolled downhill, and ejected the operator.  (10/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Driver Injured in Load Trimming Mishap - A pine pulpwood tree fell from a loader’s grapple and struck a log truck driver on his shoulder and leg as it fell.  (8/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Dump Truck Rolls Over Logger in Garage - A dump truck lurched forward, and the rear wheels ran over both of a logger’s legs.  (6/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Equipment Operator Drops Tree Onto Power Line - An equipment operator felled a 12-inch-diameter pine and laid it down. The top of this tree contacted and broke one wire on a nearby 3-wire power line.  (5/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Self-Loader Operator Fatally Electrocuted - While reaching for a bucket of wood, the loader boom came close enough to the power line to allow an electric arc to energize the loader.  (4/1/2013)

  Safety Alert: Fatality from Failure to Observe Safe Work Zone - A welder was somehow pinched between the tracks of a feller buncher and some part of service truck or the extended ramp, and received a deep wound to the inside of his right thigh. The femoral artery was completed severed.   (11/1/2012)

  Safety Alert: Forwarder with Brake Problems Overturns - A forwarder “took off” down a hill andtraveled 15 to 20 feet before rolling over on its side.  (10/1/2012)

  Safety Alert: Near-Fatal Electrocution Involving Knuckleboom Loader - A logger survives an incident with some mild burns on his right hand, and doctors had to remove a portion of a toe on his right foot.   (8/1/2012)

  Safety Alert: Mechanic Crushes Leg While Repairing Delimber - An experiencecd mechanic finished repairing a piece of equipment faster than anticipated and decided to move to the next project without informing anyone of his whereabouts.   (6/1/2012)

  Safety Alert: Log Truck Runs Over Driver - The driver of a truck left the engine running while he worked on the clutch from under the hood of his truck. Suddenly the truck jumped into a forward gear (possibly due to the clutch engaging) and knocked the driver to the ground.   (5/1/2012)

  Safety Alert: Mobile Crane Operator Seriously Injured On Woodyard - A mobile crane was traveling through a mill’s woodyard with the boom in the raised position, rather than in the fully lowered position. This was a recipe for disaster.  (4/1/2012)

  Skidder Fatally Pins Logger - A logger is fatally injured when his head and body were caught between a skidder’s rear fender and a tree. The logger died at the scene of massive trauma to the body. Rescue crews extricated him and transported him to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.  (12/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Chain Saw Lacerates Operator’s Foot - A chain saw cut through a boot and lacerated the top of an operator''s left foot above the ankle.  (10/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Driver Falls Off Trailer While Cleaning Bark - A truck driver clearing loose bark and wood debris off his log trailer slipped and fell off his trailer. He broke his shoulder and arm.  (9/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Driver Jerks Strap Hook On To Face - Driver Jerks Strap Hook On To Face   (8/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Log Trailer Tips Over on Firewood Cutter - A firewood cutter was killed instantly by the impact of a loaded trailer full of wood as it tipped over and fell.  (7/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Chip Trailer Breaks Apart - An (undetected) rotten chip trailer floor shattered, and broke in half and collapsed near its midpoint, beyond where the support beams ended.  (6/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Driver Suffocates Clearing Chip Jam In Trailer - It appears that when the driver stepped on to the load, a void within the chip pile caused the pile to give way.  (5/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Chain Saw Bar Sprocket Projected Into Cutter’s Face Screen - As a timber cutter was limbing a tree, he suddenly felt the chain seize up and stop cutting. At the same time, he saw an object fly up toward his face, hitting his face screen.   (4/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Load Binder Handle Strikes Truck Driver''s Forehead - Load Binder Handle Strikes Truck Driver''s Forehead  (3/1/2011)

  Safety Alert: Observers of Felling Operation Have Close Call - Never assume you are in a safe position when close to an active felling operation. Always stay at least two tree-lengths (“twice tree height”) away from a timber cutter.  (10/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Failure To Lockout Costs Employee His Hand and Foot - A foreman was in a hurry and was trying to perform a job that needed two additional people. The machine was turned off, but there was residual pressure left in the system since the lockout procedures had not been completed.  (9/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Feller-Buncher Rollover Injures Operator - A rubber-tired feller-buncher was on terrain too steep for the machine to operate safely, and the machine tipped over sideways and then rolled side-over-side four times down the slope.  (8/2/2010)

  Safety Alert: Saw Chaps Save Forester from Serious Injury - A forester's chainsaw cuts through all the layers of his chaps and even scratches his pants slightly, but the saw stops short of cutting his leg.  (7/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Blown Hose Drenches Worker With Hydraulic Fluid - A large stream of hot hydraulic fluid shot up from between a harvester hose clamps and flipped the operator backwards off the machine and drenched him (including his eyes and mouth).  (6/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Pressure Washer Injures Worker’s Foot - A force of water from a pressure washer’s wand cut through a logging crew member''s leather boot just above the area where the steel-toe protection started.   (4/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Forester Escapes Injury From Flying Wrench - A truck kicked up a large, open-ended wrench that probably had fallen from a contractor’s work truck. The wrench impacted the front windshield on the driver’s side of forster traveling on the road.  (3/1/2010)

  Unloading Incident Damages Truck - Unloading Incident Damages Truck  (2/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Timber Cutter Hit By Falling Snag - Timber Cutter Hit By Falling Snag   (1/1/2010)

  Safety Alert: Tire Rupture Knocks Truck Driver Down - Tire blows driver to ground.   (12/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Skidder Backs Over Sawyer - Fatal accident in which the rear tire of a skidder backs over a sawyer, and he died at the job site.  (11/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Logger Lacerates Finger on Slasher Saw - Safety Alert – Safety includes being alert to prevent everything from major accidents to minor situations  (10/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Ignoring “Twice Tree Height” Rule Leads To Fatality - A tree with a pinched saw suddenly broke loose, fell, and landed on top of a logging owner/operator, pinning him to the ground.  (9/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Logger Struck, Killed While Walking Under Elevated Tree - In the early afternoon of a winter morning in the Appalachians, a timber cutter was walking uphill near some trees that he had felled.  (8/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Skidded Tree Top Strikes Timber Cutter on Hardhat - An untrimmed limb shifted and moved rapidly toward a timber cutter, who was refueling his chainsaw slightly uphill from a skid road. The upper part of the untrimmed limb struck the timber cutter in the back of the hardhat with a glancing blow.   (7/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Skidder Blade Hits Stump; Driver Killed in Rollover - A skidder machine rolls downhill across another skid trail. It appears the skidder rolled over four to five times before coming to a stop.  (6/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Deckhand Hurt When He Bucks Log Held by Loader - After trees were felled in the woods, a deckhand bucked them near a track loader. When the he cut the end of the log, it fell to the ground and struck him in the left lower leg.  (5/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Tree Enters Skidder with No Door, Injures Operator - Never operate a skidder if a door or any ROPS/FOPS (rolling over protection structures/falling objection protection structures) protection has been removed or disabled.  (4/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Limb Under Pressure Pushes Snag onto Cutter - On a sunny, dry spring afternoon in the Appalachians, a timber cutter was felling trees with a chain saw in a clear-cut harvest.  (2/1/2009)

  Safety Alert: Loader Touches Power Line; Worker Is Killed - On a summer day in the Southeast, a skidder operator pulled a knuckleboom loader out of the woods with the skidder in preparation for moving the next day  (1/1/2009)

  Safety Alert -- Cutter Grabs Tree Near Power Line, Topples Pole Background - When a machine operator identifies a hazard, it is best to remove the hazard as soon as possible. If it is not feasible to remove it immediately, mark the hazard with flagging to identify it clearly.   (12/1/2008)

  Safety Alert: Harvester Boom Strikes Overpass During Transit - Accessory equipment, such as hydraulic booms and blades, must be completely lowered and secured to a lowboy.  (11/1/2008)

  Safety Alert: Skidder on Highway in Near-Miss with Car - On a clear, spring morning in the Southeast, a logging crew member was moving a small flatbed trailer across a public highway from one harvest block to another.  (8/1/2008)

  Safety Alert: Skidder Strikes, Kills Logging Supervisor - Anyone working on an active logging job must communicate with everyone that they are on foot in the woods. Consider carrying hand-held radios on the same frequency used in the logging equipment.  (6/1/2008)

  Logs Spill from Truck At Unbinding Station - Safety Alert  (1/1/2008)

  Loader Boom Descends, Hits Crewman During Refueling - Safety Alert  (12/1/2007)

  Lodged Trees, Broken Limb Lead to Fatality - Safety Alert  (11/1/2007)

  Drying Pallets and Keeping Them Dry Help Prevent Mold from Occurring - Fan Sheds, Chemical Dip Treatments Effective Combination for Controlling Mold  (9/1/2007)

  Dead Tree Top Breaks, Hits Logger While Felling - Safety Alert  (8/1/2007)

  Ash Tree Under Tension ‘Explodes,’ Injuring Cutter - Safety Alert  (7/1/2007)

  Driver Falls, Injured Improperly Binding Slasher - Safety Alert  (6/1/2007)

  Sawyer Struck, Killed While Working Near ‘Set Back’ Tree - Safety Alert  (5/1/2007)

  Welded Tire Rim Blows, Kills Logger While Inflating - Safety Alert  (3/1/2007)

  Felling with Match Cut Contributes to Fatal Mishap - Safety Alert  (2/1/2007)

  Close Call with Loaded Pulpwood Truck - Safety Alert  (12/1/2006)

  Hard Hat Protects Logger from Falling Limb - Safety Alert  (11/1/2006)

  Log Truck Backs into Loader Operator - Safety Alert  (10/1/2006)

  Equipment Loading Accident Kills Truck Driver - Safety Alert  (9/1/2006)

  Turning Sawhead Disk Cuts Operator’s Leg - Safety Alert  (8/1/2006)

  Logger Not Wearing High Visibility Clothes Is Struck - Safety Alert  (7/1/2006)

  Trade Groups Lead Way for Safe Logging - Logger Associations in Oregon, Montana, Louisiana Leading Successful Safety Efforts  (6/1/2006)

  Summer Worker Tangles with Bees - Safety Alert  (6/1/2006)

  Feller-Buncher Backs into Pick-Up Truck - Safety Alert  (5/1/2006)

  Warming Fire Burns Logging Worker - Safety Alert  (4/1/2006)

  Deck Hand Injured Near Log Pile - Safety Alert  (3/1/2006)

  Limb Injures Chain Saw Operator While Delimbing - Safety Alert  (2/1/2006)

  Worker Injured Near Log Pile - Safety Alert  (1/1/2006)

  New Logging Safety Web Site Added - New Logging Safety Web Site Added  (7/1/2005)

  Cutter Struck, Killed When Vines Pull Dead Limb - Cutter Struck, Killed When Vines Pull Dead Limb  (7/1/2005)

  Doug Duncan Raises the Profile for Safety - The Forest Resources Association recognizes North Carolina Forestry Association staffer for leading the effort to increase logging safety awareness and training.   (12/1/2003)

  Logging Deaths Dip; Falling Objects Leading Fatality Cause - According to government stats, logging-related deaths are dropping as industry become safety focused.  (5/2/2002)

  West Virginia Safety Initiative Is Recognized; - Forest Resources Association Bestows Safety Award on Jim Scronce for His Efforts to Improve Logger Safety  (12/3/2001)

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