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Chainsaw Felling

FLS Safety Alert

An experienced chainsaw operator was felling larch trees in close proximity to a public road. The operator intended to fell the tree away from the road but the tree became hung-up, then pivoted and fell through standing trees directly across the public road. There was no traffic control or signage in place. The tree struck the rear of a passing vehicle and caused damage to the roof and wheels. Fortunately, no one was physically hurt in the incident.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Tree Shears/Grapple Saws

V7 update - 23 April 2021 - The machine should also have visible or audible overload warning (loads over 1 tonne), check valves, be marked with SWL and be subject to LOLER thorough examination (if operator not protected by FOPS/OPS/ROPS or if there is a risk that loads may be lifted over or close to people).

Thanks go to the FISA Plant & Equipment Tree Shears/Grapple Saws Sub-Group, chaired by Sean Reilly for pulling this safety alert together so quickly in support of the industry. 

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