Safety Alerts
At the end of a late fall workday in the eastern U.S., a driver was backing his tractor and empty log trailer into his driveway off a rural two-lane road. It was clear, dry, and dark outside.
The buncher operator was 25 years old and had been with this employer for over 2 years. He had completed this task many times before and was considered fully trained to perform the replacement. He wore all the required personal protective equipment.
The mechanic was in his early 50’s and had been a mechanic for over 13 years. He worked for this employer for 2 months prior to the incident. He was experienced in the task at hand, and he was wearing a hard hat, safety glasses, high-visibility vest, and steel-toed boots.
At the beginning of a work shift on a summer morning in the Appalachians, a logging business owner and a co-worker were removing a stick that had lodged between the feller-buncher window and the window guard.
On an early winter morning in the Southeast, a skidder driver was returning to his skidder after the crew’s morning safety meeting.
At the end of the work day in the Southeast, a logging crew and a trucking contractor decided to right an overturned chip van. They used chains and the skidder’s winch cable to pull and lift the trailer to an upright position.
On a clear summer day shortly after noon in the South, a loader operator on a high-production logging operation was loading treelength pine sawtimber onto a tractor-trailer
On a cold, dark, snowy, early winter morning in the West, with temperatures in the mid 20s, a wood residual truck arrived at its destination to deliver a load.
Walls built from interlocking concrete blocks, often called “ecology blocks,” are commonly used in agriculture, construction, and wood manufacturing industries. They are dry-stacked to create walls and outdoor storage bins for a wide variety of products. These walls can become unstable and pose a hazard to workers and customers.
On a winter afternoon in the Appalachians, a timber cutter was felling hardwood timber with a chain saw. The terrain was fairly level, but there were several inches of snow on the ground and a dense understory of beech trees and brush.
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