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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

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. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The logger was in his forties and had been...
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

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 different truck. The road was dry and the terrain was rolling....

Logging Equipment No Match For Locomotive

BACKGROUND: It was mid-morning on a clear, cold December day in the Lake States region. Markets for forest products were strong, and loggers were busy moving their crews into winter timber sales, hoping to take advantage of rapidly improving logging conditions....
Logger Struck And Killed By Log Truck

Logger Struck And Killed By Log Truck

BACKGROUND: On a late fall morning in the Northeast, a flatbed truck delivering logging equipment to a site had stopped at the beginning of an icy logging road to put tire chains on. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The truck driver was in his mid-twenties, and was...