HAZARD ALERT - FALLING: In-grown branch causes tree to fall sideways

Safety Alert Type: 
Manual Tree Falling
New Zealand
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Forest Management New Zealand Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The terminology might be different, but the hazards are universal.

A manual tree faller had completed his scarf and wing cuts and started on the backcut when he felt the tree put weight on his bar which quickly jammed. He realised the tree was starting to go and quickly retreated up his escape route.

The tree fell sideways in an unintended direction and crushed the faller’s saw.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • A branch was growing out of the base of the tree. It wasn’t obvious during the faller’s tree assessment that it was ingrown to the centre of the tree.
  • This had created a large hollow resin pocket which caused the tree to pull towards the holding wood and fall sideways.

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