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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

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...
Logger Hit by Deadwood Lives

Logger Hit by Deadwood Lives

BACKGROUND: 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. The wind was calm; weather was not a factor in this incident, but the time of day (late afternoon)...
Truck Rolls Downhill Into Other Truck

Truck Rolls Downhill Into Other Truck

BACKGROUND: 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. The woods road was on a 15% slope, with some snow on the road surface. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The driver of the first...
Skidder Operator Cuts Leg When Topping Tree

Skidder Operator Cuts Leg When Topping Tree

BACKGROUND: 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. One employee–the...
Base Machine Pulled Over By Steep Slope Machine

Base Machine Pulled Over By Steep Slope Machine

INCIDENT: 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...