Forestry Foreman Fined Over Death – New Zealand News

A recent news story from New Zealand caught our attention the other day, to our great sadness. In March of 2013, Foreman and part owner of Complete Logging Limited Major Nelson was performing a tree-felling job with co-worker Robert Ruri-Epapara. Major Nelson was climbing and trimming while Robert Ruri-Epapara was doing ground work below. Reportedly, Nelson was unaware of his co-worker’s location on the ground as he was felling large branches. Unfortunately, Ruri-Epapara happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as one of these branches fell on top of him, killing him on impact.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to use safety measures on ALL aspects of tree care. As blue-moon as these types of situations appear, they can happen, and (at the risk of sounding cliche) it’s better to be safe than sorry. The article mentions that Nelson was found guilty of not conducting tree felling within the ‘two tree length rule’, being that the climbing arborist should not begin falling trees unless everyone is a distance of two tree lengths away. I have never heard of this trick, but it definitely sounds wise to follow.

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Forestry worker uses the Portable Winch to safely bring down a tree.

 

The county of New Zealand also recently issued a statement that machines and guiding systems should be a primary way to guide branches and logs as they fall to ensure worker safety. Using a Winch or other method of tree fall guiding is a recommended work practice. The picture above shows one of many safe methods to bring down a tree.

You can read the full article here. For more logging safety tips, make sure to visit BCForestSafe.org. What safety tips do you recommend our readers take into consideration?

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Amazing Fan Video: How to Use a Winch in Forestry and Logging

At West Coast Winch, we know we have the most durable and versatile Winch that is specifically designed to help forestry workers, tree fellers, and independent arborists with the heavy lifting they do daily. We know that our product has the portability to reach low access areas and the power to move full sized trees from those areas. And we know that our Winch runs off the dependable 4-stroke Honda GXH-50 cc engine, powered to get the job done.

Because we know all this, we were not that surprised that this Winch has inspired multiple fan videos.

This particular video, uploaded by Bix Vid, demonstrates how the Portable Winch PCW5000 model can be used in the entire tree removal process – from removing branches and directing their path to the ground, pulling the tree safely to the earth after an initial chainsaw cut, and removing the fallen logs from the work area and guiding them to the chipper.

Check out this video and more like it from Bix Vid’s Youtube channel. If you liked this video and want to see more of this Winch, check out the Portable Winch YouTube channel for more instructional videos, or visit our Website.

What are your thoughts on this product or the jobs it can perform? Tell us in the comments below.