On a September day in the Pacific Northwest, a 31-year-old chaser died after he was crushed between two logs while working on the landing of a cable logging operation. The chaser who was involved had worked in the logging industry for over six years. The yarder engineer had over 40 years of experience in the logging industry.
On a March day in the Pacific Northwest, a hooktender was badly injured when he was struck by a rolling rock that was dislodged from a windthrow’s root wad by a moving turn. The site was located on a 70% slope with steep side slopes.
On a fair, summer day in the Appalachians, a logging crew started up their in-woods chipper on a new harvest site. Two crew members had replaced the chipper knives before moving the machine to the new site.
On a summer late afternoon in the Appalachians, a logging company owner was driving home from work in his company crew/equipment truck. The owner noticed smoke coming out of the back box on his truck. When he pulled off the road to investigate, he found that there was a fire inside the box.
On a clear, summer morning in the Appalachians, a logging crew was harvesting hardwood timber in rolling terrain. The logging crew had parked a service truck on the edge of the log deck as usual when they arrived in the morning.
On a winter morning in the Appalachians, a timber cutter was felling timber in a clear-cut harvest. The terrain on this tract varied with elevation and the crew decided to harvest some of the steeper terrain by means of conventional hand-felling and dozer with a cable winch.
In May 2018, the operator of a steep slope machine on a two-line tethered logging system had a near-miss when one of the cables broke at the connection socket after it was damaged during base machine repositioning.
In the summer of 2018 in the Pacific Northwest, a processor operator with ten years of experience died when the delimbing arms and feed rolls of the processor head he was repairing closed suddenly, crushing him.