When we talk about transportation of harvesting timber, cutting of firewood or clearing land and fence rows and many other common tasks on rural property and farms, we have to think about tractors. These tractors are used by trained loggers or foresters who are working in the woods. These tractors are used to transport with minimal risk. However, if any untrained or inexperienced farmers use such tractors then it can increase the risk of serious injury or fatality.
The forestry tractors that are called in French language as “tracteurs forestiers” of the recent years had numerous fatalities while they were used for pulling tree stumps, pulling down limbs and trees, dragging logs, clearing brush and saplings from fence rows or for hauling and collecting firewood.
Many fatal accidents happened where these tractors were carrying logs. Over 50% of these incidents took place while dragging logs, trees, tree tops or brush. Almost 40% of the incidents were due to falling trees due to wind gusts, lodged trees, or falling limbs from overhead. The rest of the incidents were due to chain saw kick-back.
Recognize Hazardous Trees
To increase safety, awareness about hazardous situations with the trees must increase. For instance, any dangerous tree can present a hazard to any persons due to their conditions e.g. direction of lean and deterioration or physical damage of any tree. There can also be standing dead trees. Such trees are very unpredictable and may easily fall any moment.
There can also be damaged trees due to lightning and storm and trees during logging operations may have damaged due to broken limbs. Such trees are called “widow makers” as they can fall without any warning. Any tree, partly diseased or rot like a dead limb, or sometime hung up or lodged on another tree are also likely to drop unexpectedly.
Spring poles which usually are small trees or limbs may bend under the larger tree weight that fallen upon them. If they are mistakenly or improperly cut, then they may release with lightning speed and can offer a fatal blow to bystanders.
Leaning trees pose special kind of problems. A severely leaning tree can always twist and fall in unexpected direction. Recognizing the dangers for every situation can present and help you to plan of cutting work accordingly. People working must inspect trees to anticipate any danger. By working close to any danger tree, one can unknowingly create further hazards. You must therefore employ only trained people, who has enough experience in dealing with such dangerous trees.