Safety Alerts

A logging company in the Lake States Region was harvesting timber in the fall of the year.  The leaves had changed color and about half of them had fallen.

On a cold winter morning in the southern U.S., two loaded log trucks were parked on a woods road while the drivers secured their loads.
On a clear, warm fall day in the southeastern U.S., a logging crew was select cutting grade logs. Most trees were felled with a three-wheeled feller-buncher, but the over-sized trees and timber in the SMZ’s were manually felled.
In January of 2018, an operator had a near miss when he pulled over a base machine tethered to a steep slope machine (SSM). The operator had over 43 years of logging experience, including shovel logging, cutting, tower logging, and management. He located the base machine on a gravel road with a 4% grade.
On a warm, sunny spring afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, a fatal accident occurred involving a driver assisting another driver in the process of dumping his loaded 53’ trailer at a receiving forest products company.
On a clear, dry, winter afternoon in the southeastern U.S., a log truck driver was preparing to attach a high-visibility end-of-load flag on the back of his load of tree length pine pulpwood.
On a clear, dry, spring afternoon in the southeastern U.S., a logging crew was “select cut” thinning on a tract with mixed hardwoods and pines.  The timber cutter had just manually felled an 18-inch poplar along a property line, but the tree became lodged at a point about 50 feet high in another tree near the fence line.
Two truck drivers, each driving a loaded log truck with pulpwood that had a large amount of overhang, traveled together during the daytime to deliver their loads to the same mill located in the South. The weather was overcast, but visibility was good.
On a fall evening in the eastern U.S., an equipment operator was moving a skidder from one logging site to another using a public, two-lane highway. Although it was dark, he planned to drive the skidder a couple hundred yards down a straight, level stretch of the highway. 
It was mid-morning on a clear, cold December day in the Lake States Region.  Markets for forest products were strong, and loggers were busy moving their crews into winter timber sales, hoping to take advantage of rapidly improving logging conditions. 
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