Safety Alerts
One late winter day in the Southeast, a chainsaw operator was trimming two beech trees at the landing. The excessively brushy trees had been pulled up to a flat area near the loader to be trimmed and have the brush piled. The chainsaw operator was wearing all required PPE for the task at the time of the incident. He was considered fully trained to perform his duties.
On a spring day in the Pacific Northwest, a lowboy operator was coupling the lowboy gooseneck to a lowbed trailer deck after loading and chaining down a processor.

On a fall day in the Pacific Northwest, a lowboy operator and a shovel operator were positioning a boom stand on a lowboy trailer in preparation for loading a shovel.

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 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.
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.
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