Safety Alerts

BACKGROUND: On a spring afternoon in the Appalachians, an independent mechanic shop owner was adjusting the air brakes on a dump truck owned by a logging contractor. The mechanic asked for help from the owner of the logging company.

BACKGROUND: On a clear, summer afternoon in the Southeast, a skidder was pulling a knuckleboom loader along a narrow, level woods road, so the loader could be connected to a truck during moving operations.

BACKGROUND: On a clear, dry, summer day in the South, an equipment operator was moving a skidder from one end of an old, abandoned woodyard to another. The terrain was flat, and the skidder operator was following an existing, old road.

BACKGROUND: On a summer morning in the Southcentral U.S., an equipment operator was felling a natural pine stand with a feller-buncher. The terrain was level, and weather conditions were dry and sunny, with a light wind. There was a moderate level of underbrush in the timber stand.


On a fall day in the Appalachians, a truck driver was clearing the loose bark and wood debris off his log trailer at a mill woodyard before pulling out to the public highway. Conditions were wet.


On a fall day in the Appalachians, a log truck driver was unbinding his load at a mill’s woodyard. The wood was loaded below the log trailer standards, and the driver released the tension on the tiedown straps and unhooked the flat hooks.


A truck driver was unloading wood chips from his open-top tractor-trailer unit via a movable floor unloading system on a mid-winter day in the Northeast. The trailer had a cross-stability bar centrally located at the top of the trailer. When using the movable floor unloading system to offload wood chips, these wood chips would routinely jam at the cross stability bar.


On a fall weekend day in the Appalachians, an individual was cutting firewood from unmerchantable tops and log pieces at a log deck.

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