July 2018 - Stored Energy Hazards

Alert of the Month

Many different forestry activities create or have to manage stored energy. Stored energy is power that has not been used or dissipated and is ready to be released. Failing to identify and properly control the stored energy can lead to serious incidents. Always determine where stored energy will go when or if it is released.

Examples of Stored Energy

How a release of energy can cause an incident

Recommended Practices for Controlling Stored Energy


  1. Lock Out Resource Package – Procedures and tools for locking out log trucks and other heavy equipment http://www.bcforestsafe.org/files/res_Lockout.pdf
  2. Hydraulic Injection Injury Alert http://www.bcforestsafe.org/node/2734
  3. Wood Products Manufacturing Stored Energy Alert http://www.bcforestsafe.org/node/1292



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