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Safety Alert: Ash Tree Under Tension ‘Explodes’, Injuring Cutter

Safety Alert Background It was the end of a cloudy fall day in the Appalachians with scattered showers nearby (but not on the logging site). The...

Safety Alert: Driver Falls, Injured Improperly Binding Slasher

Safety Alert Background On a hot, summer day in the South, a truck driver was binding a slasher saw to the frame of a knuckleboom loader...

Safety Alert: Sawyer Struck, Killed While Working Near ‘Set Back’ Tree

Safety Alert BACKGROUND A timber cutter using a chain saw was felling hardwood saw timber and cutting off limbs on an autumn morning in the Southeast. PERSONAL...

Safety Alert: Welded Tire Rim Blows, Kills Logger While Inflating

Safety Alert BACKGROUND On a winter afternoon in the Appalachians, a father and son were replacing a skidder tire in their logging business shop. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Both father...

Safety Alert: Felling with Match Cut Contributes to Fatal Mishap

Safety Alert BACKGROUND A mechanical thinning crew was harvesting a tract that included a stream-side management zone (SMZ)....

Safety Alert: Close Call with Loaded Pulpwood Truck

Safety Alert BACKGROUND An operations forester was inspecting harvesting operations in his pick-up truck in the Northeast on a cool winter’s day. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS The 52-year-old forester was...

Safety Alert: Hard Hat Protects Logger from Falling Limb

Safety Alert BACKGROUND A Timber cutter was working alone on an early fall day in the Appalachians. He was working on the last tree that he...

Safety Alert: Log Truck Backs into Loader Operator

Safety Alert BACKGROUND A log truck driver was waiting to back under a knuckleboom loader while another truck was being loaded at the landing. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS The truck...

Safety Alert: Equipment Loading Accident Kills Truck Driver

Safety Alert BACKGROUND On a clear, dry fall day in the South, a truck driver and loader operator working for a road building company were loading...

Safety Alert: Turning Sawhead Disk Cuts Operator’s Leg

Safety Alert BACKGROUND On a clear, fall morning in the Southeast, a feller-buncher operator was disengaging and grounding his machine’s sawhead to check on a pinhole...
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