Tree faller hit by falling leader then cut by own chainsaw

A tree faller was injured when he was struck by a falling leader.

Circumstances

The leader was damaged and it fell, pinning the faller by the legs. The faller reached over to grab his idling chainsaw to cut himself out and accidentally activated the throttle as he dragged the chainsaw towards him.

[image] Shows direction of falling tree and tree faller pinned beneath it with chainsaw

Investigation

The tree being felled dislodged the leader, which in turn fell on to the tree faller. He lacerated his arm with the chainsaw while trying to cut himself free.

WorkSafe New Zealand advice

Ensure that all overhead hazards created as a result of tree felling operations are identified, isolated and eliminated prior to conducting work in that area.


Published: October 2010. Updated August 2017.

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