Safety Alerts

On a clear, summer day in the Appalachians, a logging employee was driving (“spotting”) a load of logs from the log deck to a trailer drop site near the end of the woods road for pickup by a different truck. The road was dry and the terrain was rolling.

A logging company in the Lake States Region was harvesting timber in the fall of the year.  The leaves had changed color and about half of them had fallen.

On a cold winter morning in the southern U.S., two loaded log trucks were parked on a woods road while the drivers secured their loads.
On a clear, warm fall day in the southeastern U.S., a logging crew was select cutting grade logs. Most trees were felled with a three-wheeled feller-buncher, but the over-sized trees and timber in the SMZ’s were manually felled.
In January of 2018, an operator had a near miss when he pulled over a base machine tethered to a steep slope machine (SSM). The operator had over 43 years of logging experience, including shovel logging, cutting, tower logging, and management. He located the base machine on a gravel road with a 4% grade.
On a warm, sunny spring afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, a fatal accident occurred involving a driver assisting another driver in the process of dumping his loaded 53’ trailer at a receiving forest products company.
On a clear, dry, winter afternoon in the southeastern U.S., a log truck driver was preparing to attach a high-visibility end-of-load flag on the back of his load of tree length pine pulpwood.
On a clear, dry, spring afternoon in the southeastern U.S., a logging crew was “select cut” thinning on a tract with mixed hardwoods and pines.  The timber cutter had just manually felled an 18-inch poplar along a property line, but the tree became lodged at a point about 50 feet high in another tree near the fence line.
Two truck drivers, each driving a loaded log truck with pulpwood that had a large amount of overhang, traveled together during the daytime to deliver their loads to the same mill located in the South. The weather was overcast, but visibility was good.
On a fall evening in the eastern U.S., an equipment operator was moving a skidder from one logging site to another using a public, two-lane highway. Although it was dark, he planned to drive the skidder a couple hundred yards down a straight, level stretch of the highway. 
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