2010-07-21 Falling Deciduous Snag

Northern Interior Region-Skeena Stikine District-Tatlow Road Smithers
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
McElhanney Consulting Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A surveyor was cutting line with a power saw and felled a small (<6" dis.) very dry deciduous snag.  The snag hung up part way down and the surveyor tried to push it over.  The top portion of the snag snapped off and fell to the ground, striking the surveryor across the lower back.  Fortunately, due to the small size, low weight and angle at which the broken piece struck the surveyor, no injuries were sustained.  The surveyor elected to resume working with a mildly sore lower back.  The surveyor held a current certificate for felling trees less than 6" and was an experienced operator.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Do not attemp to push any hung up tree down during falling activities.  Use extra caution when felling snages, particularly deciduous snags.  Decay is less predictable in deciduous trees and often occurs in areas of the stem where previous injury to the stem has taken place.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ralph Kossman 250-847-4040

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