Safety Alerts
On a clear, cold, winter day in the eastern U.S., a chain saw operator was felling trees next to a logging road. The cutter was in his thirties, was considered very experienced, and was wearing full personal protective equipment.
A commercial truck driver was driving an old-model, used dump truck on an Appalachian Region interstate highway late one summer night. The driver had just purchased the dump truck earlier that evening and was driving it back to his place of business in another state. The weather was mild and the roadway was dry.
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.
Private landowners account for more than 80 percent of the timber volume harvested in the United States annually.
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 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 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 sunny day in New Zealand, an incident occurred while operating a swing yarder at a landing, resulting in a tower collapse.
On a winter afternoon in the Appalachians, a log truck driver was collecting his load ticket from the knuckleboom loader operator. The area around the log deck was level, but the ground was frozen.

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.

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