Yarding crew member struck by an unprocessed stem

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
New Zealand Forest Owners Association
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The following information is from a member company of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association (NZFOA). The information provided has relevance to forestry operations in British Columbia as well. Link to the NZFOA alerts web page: https://nzfoa-iris.com/SafetyAlerts.aspx 

From New Zealand comes a report of a serious incident where a yarding crewmember was struck by an unprocessed stem which unexpectedly discharged from a surge pile on the landing.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Key learnings

  • The daily yarding plan needs to reflect the risks associated with the log pile
  • The senior crew member is to establish that the other workers are in a safe position as per best practice guidelines
  • Logs on the pile should be entirely on the landing and height restricted to minimize logs falling / slipping
  • Yarding crew members to wear helmets with chin straps
  • Communication protocols between machine operators working / clearing a log pile must be agreed upon before work commences.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

PDF copy of this alert from New Zealand Forest Owners Association: https://nzfoa-iris.com/SafetyAlerts/ShowSafetyPDF.aspx?id=188

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