Safety Alert of the Month - July 2013 - Danger Trees

Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-07-18
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Recently there has been a high frequency of faller injuries caused by small diameter snags or danger trees.  Here’s some advice for managing these hazards.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Don’t overlook these small but dangerous trees. They are easy to miss, so take the time to do a thorough 360 inspection of your worksite.

  • Elimination of the hazard is the most effective. Fall or remove the danger trees, with a machine if possible.
  • These trees are hazardous for many forestry operations, not just falling. Silviculture or trucking operations that take place near standing timber are good examples.
  • It may effective to establish a no work zone around the danger tree. This no work zone should be well marked and communicated to all workers in the area.
  • Blasting danger trees is often an effective way to remove the hazard. Check out the following video on danger tree blasting training. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=870RNYwyULI

For more information on this submitted alert: 

The following information will help you manage danger trees in your operation.

REMEMBER – Being hit by a small diameter snag has the same result as being hit by a larger tree – Serious injury or worse!

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