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Skidder Operator Cuts Leg When Topping Tree

Skidder Operator Cuts Leg When Topping Tree

Skidder Operator Cuts Leg When Topping Tree       BACKGROUND:In the southeastern U.S., a logging crew was select cutting grade logs. Most trees were felled with a three-wheeled feller-buncher, but over-sized trees and timber in the SMZ’s were manually...
Lodged Tree Breaks Loose And Injures Timber Cutter

Lodged Tree Breaks Loose And Injures Timber Cutter

Lodged Tree Breaks Loose And Injures Timber Cutter       BACKGROUND: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...
Choker Setter Struck By Falling Exhaust Flap

Choker Setter Struck By Falling Exhaust Flap

Background: On a winter day in the Pacific Northwest, two rigging crew members were setting chokers. One of them went to retrieve chokers from a dropline under a motorized carriage. Incident: As the one crew member was retrieving the chokers, the 5 ¼” by 5 ¼” metal...
Logger Injured During Processor Head Repair

Logger Injured During Processor Head Repair

Logger Injured During Processor Head Repair       BACKGROUND:On a mid-winter morning in the Lake States Region, a logger began his workday by performing maintenance on the processor head of his recently purchased cut-to-length harvesting machinery....
Operator Pinches Finger While Moving Loader

Operator Pinches Finger While Moving Loader

BACKGROUND: On a warm summer morning in the southeastern U.S., a loader operator assisted other crew members in preparing a loader for movement to another job site. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The operator was in his forties and had worked in the woods for over 12...
Unsecured Pulpwood Log Damages Truck Cab

Unsecured Pulpwood Log Damages Truck Cab

Unsecured Pulpwood Log Damages Truck Cab       BACKGROUND: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...