Safety Alerts

On a September day in the Pacific Northwest, a foreman sustained an injury while cutting a four-inch western hemlock. The foreman was 40 years old, and had 20 years of experience. All loggers were wearing required PPE.

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.
On a September day in the Pacific Northwest, a 49-year-old cutter died after he was struck in the torso by an alder top. The cutter who was killed had over 20 years of experience in the field. He was wearing all required PPE.
On a January day in the Lake States Region, a driver of a fully loaded truck hauling pulpwood failed to stop and entered an uncontrolled railroad intersection resulting in a train truck collision. The driver was a contract trucker hired by the logging business to haul pulpwood to a nearby manufacturing facility. He was an experienced truck driver and had contracted with the logging business in the past.
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 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.
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