Safety Alerts
During the summer in the Lake States Region, the owner of a firewood processor nearly severed part of his arm when a chainsaw head was accidentally engaged.
On a late fall day in the Pacific Northwest, a crew conducted a small diameter tree thinning project. Trees that were less than 10 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH) were cut down, cut into pieces, and put in piles. Piles were then trimmed to look squared and parallel.

On a late fall day in the Pacific Northwest, a logging crew was standing by a warming fire during their lunch break.

On a clear, hot summer afternoon in the southcentral U.S., two timber cruisers were walking out of the woods after performing a timber cruise on an 80-acre tract of timber.

On a summer morning in the eastern U.S., a compost spreader truck was driving from a pulp mill to its compost spreading site on the other side of a railroad crossing. A train was approaching the crossing. The weather was not a factor in this incident.

On a sunny spring afternoon in the Southern U.S., a water hole, just below a pond dam, had to be crossed to access the remaining portion of a harvest area. A skidder operator placed 11 trees, 18”-24” in diameter, across the water hole to make a bridge 14’ wide by approximately 50’ long.
On a warm, sunny, winter day in the Appalachians, a log truck was in line to be unloaded at a forest product mill’s woodyard. The truck driver was in his fifties and was considered thoroughly trained and had no known previous accident history. He was wearing the personal protective equipment required by the woodyard.
During the winter logging season in the Lake States Region, logging equipment was vandalized by protesters of a nearby project. The vandalism resulted in damage to logging equipment and caused significant downtime for the logging business owner. The day prior to the incident, an equipment operator for the logging business was confronted by protesters. The logging business has been in operation for nearly 25 years.
On a pleasant spring afternoon in the Appalachian Region, a timber cutter was preparing to cut a large, sawlog-sized beech tree. It appears that as he surveyed the drop zone, he realized that a small, 5” diameter sapling, located about 50 feet from the beech tree would be caught up in the top of the beech tree upon felling and would create a spring-pole hazard when he would be limbing and bucking the beech tree.
On a clear, dry winter day in the southeast, a deck hand went to assist a truck driver who was spotting loaded trailers for future delivery to market by the highway drivers. The deck hand was wearing a hard hat and a yellow high visibility vest at the time of the incident. He was considered fully trained to perform his duties.
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