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How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« on: November 17, 2018, 07:01:12 PM »
I know very few people that have never gotten hurt in the bush.

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Re: How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 07:31:17 PM »
Me, I've been lucky. I'm getting around on a broken foot at the moment due to an ungracious splat jumping (not climbing) off the back of a skidder. I've had a helmet split due to flung back branch once, had my feet taken out from under me by a buttress tearing out once, had a dead head land around me, had a limb self prune when I was 30'  short of being under it because I was hitching my chaps up... but aside from the foot and some bruises and scratches I've always walked away intact. But I never kid myself it's been anymore than luck that's kept me alive... you spend enough time in the bush sooner or later random chance will get ya, even if you never do a single thing wrong.

Grandad lost two uncles, one to a barber chair, the other went down with his team of bullocks under a big log on a hill.
One of his brothers died due snakebite out felling.
Two brother in laws - one went down with a truck load of logs, another in a mill accident.
My "uncle", actually the dead brothers son, due to vehicle accident in a hurry to get to town to get parts for a machine.

According to OH&S I am 3645 % more likely to die or suffer serious injury on the job than Joe Average worker in Australia.

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Re: How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 07:39:02 PM »
Iíve been very lucky had many many close calls over the years. I did have a friend get killed in a forwarder rollover a few years back not many days goes by when I donít think of that. Big part of the reason I went mechanical. 
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Re: How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 07:46:20 PM »
I selected major. I posted about it in 2011.

Do different causes.  The first one in 1989  was an accident.  We had a pin fall out on the hydralic cylinder that activates the big iron log kickers on our Debarker outfeed trough. The kickers push up through the trough, push the log up on the live deck, then return out of the trough. when they come back out of the trough and down, they just clear the wall. If you look at the video link, you will see how they work and the wall that is there.

Well, the way we should have fixed it, was locked out the machine, go find some wrenches, took the hoses off the cylinder, pulled the ram out on the cylinder so it would line up and then put the pin back in.  In the real world when we were trying to make production, You have two guys back there, have the debarker operator push the lever until the clevis lines up then put the pin back in. That's what we did. I an another guy put the pin in, then motioned for the debarker operator to put the kickers in the up position so we could walk out past them.  He did that, then lifted his hands up and to each side to show he was clear of the controls. At that point, Bob and I turned around to walk out. I took one step, and for what ever reason that possessed the guy running the debarker, we guess he was grabbing a lever to do something else, he put the kickers back down. I was now between the kicker, and a 2 by 6 T&G wall, about a foot from one of the 6 by 6 barn poles.  The kicker pushed me into the wall and I tried to resist. My arm was torn from its socket and most of the muscles torn lose with it. Bob was behind me and at the same time grabbed my belt and pulled me backwards as the kicker went on down, probably saving my life.   

Bob told me he had heard about peoples eyes turning red in anger, but never saw it until that day. I instantly spin and was going after the old fart that activated the machine, as Bob held me back.  I still didnt know how bad I was hurt.  

I had a fairly major reconstruction of the shoulder with my arm pinned to my side for 6 weeks after the operation. My wrist got to be about as big around as a kids.  It took me about a year to recover completely, but I went back to the mill after 4 months. 

Thats the shoulder that is bothering me now. I went almost 20 years with it trouble free, as the fix was quite successful.

The other shoulder was diagnozed as a repetitive stress injury. I've had 3 operations on it, and after about 4 years now, it give me very little trouble. It took a longtime for the pain to go away on it, and I lost about 15% of my range of motion.

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Re: How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 08:33:15 PM »
A buddy was killed by a widow maker about a week before I took one to the left side of my hard hat and shoulder. The buddy it split his head open when it happened, mine took part of my tongue front tooth and a hell of a round with the little birdies.

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 08:52:48 PM »
Only a few bumps and bruises but had the almighty scared out of me a few times. We were unloading short logs with a picker, I reached up to keep one from spinning and catching the deck just as buddy hit the lever, he couldn't see me (my fault). That log gave me a shot upside the head that sent me butt over breakfast onto the deck right where he wanted to place it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2018, 08:56:56 PM »
back in he day when hardhats were layered fiber glass in WWI helmet style, I caught a widow maker square on top of the head, hat split,I woke up with my bud dumping canteen on my face, sore neck and headache for a few days.  I hated that helmet, till that day.
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Re: How many of us have been seriously hurt over the years.
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2018, 09:10:45 PM »
Tree hit me on the head.  Fractured the seventh vertebrae in my neck, separated my left shoulder and sprained my left ankle.  The hard hat suspension pushed down over my ears, when it sprang back up it ripped my right ear lobe requiring 12 twelve stitches to reattach.  Never cut timber without a lid on.  Had 28 stitches in my left hand after a chainsaw bite.  Family, friends, acquaintances have all been hurt.  Some permanently disabled.  Some have died. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2018, 09:37:40 PM »
I've been pretty lucky, some stitches / staples, broken ankle, compressed 2 vertebrae in my back last yr, 9-3/4 fingers but who's counting 😂 

 Theres been 5 loggers killed here in the last 20? yrs, 3 of the accidents where very preventable, due to no ROPS / FOPS the other 2 where due to hangers / limbs coming down. Landowners ask me all the time "IF" I worry, alot of it falls down to how safe you try and be but I've been slapped a few times, happens to us all. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2018, 10:02:29 PM »
Yes most of us have been in a pinch or two. I near lost my left eye when my saw kicked backed and took a chomp out of my forehead. Took 10 stitches to fix me up, mind you I was only 13 years old when that happened. Dad had an old saw in a box and I asked if I could have it, him thinking I wouldn't get it going let me have it. Well I guess that's where I got the talent for mechanical repairs lol.

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2018, 11:20:28 PM »
Only close calls for me so far, all on gaffs.  One top broke the hinge and spun on the pole, about 50ft up. I threw saw and leaped right before it stepped into my belt. Luckily the right gaff caught and the top only grazed my left knee on the way by instead of hanging and tearing it off or me down.

I severed a rope lanyard and knicked my wire core once.  Had limbs swing down and wail my foot a few times. my first gaffout was completely unexpected.. Hard face plant and slid down the trunk a few feet until flipline cinched with my fingers in it.  Just small stuff. Other than my busted forearm last year from trailer backflip ive been very fortunate with trees.

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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2018, 11:21:11 PM »
I hear of around 1 logger per year dying in Western wa. I was running skidder and a log rolled off the deck while I was unhooking chokers, put me on crutches for my wedding. We were only an hour and a half from quitting for the day.
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2018, 12:52:52 AM »
Look up before you fell a tree.  I did but didn't see a 4 inch branch break.  Got me in the head. Lucky I was wearing a helmet. I never work without one and let me tell you I had a sore neck for awhile.  
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2018, 02:43:42 AM »
I had a skull fracture when my tractor flip over. Bad slope and very bad decision from my self. I was not stuck under the tractor so I walked for the first 50 feet and got inconscious. My angel took care of my and I woke up beside the house after walking unconscious for 3/4 of a mile ! Got 2 operations and a plastic piece stitched to my skull Absolutly no sequela  :) Still have a great joy working in the forest. I've learned from that experience that the best security is that I've got to be praranoid...the tree want to hit me . Implies top prevention, always

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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2018, 04:10:25 AM »
Like everyone I've had several close calls in the log woods, but my most severe one happened this summer. Running the knuckleboom bucking and loading logs trying to get the truck off the landing before a big rain moved in. I got a text from one of my daughters that the whole family, grandkids and all, were at the house. That got me rushing even more. 

Came off the loader to verify the cut on a nice white oak, and instead of taking the steps back up I went up the far side stepping up on an outrigger. Done it a thousand times. But this time I was in a hurry with muddy boots. I reached up to grab a hydraulic hose as I stepped up. My foot slipped just as my hand almost had a grip on the hose. lost the grip on the hose, and along with my momentum I fell completely sideways across the outrigger. Knocked the air out of me, and I was sore as the dickens, but it didn't seem to be any worse than that. Crawled back in the loader, finished loading, tied the load off, and drove the truck out to the gravel. 

Sore as heck, but made it home and was visiting with the family when I touched my side and happened to see blood on my hand. I didn't think that I had even gotten a scratch when I fell, but when I pulled my shirt up to check it out my daughter in-law almost fainted. Right at my beltline was a deep 2" gash. Not sure if the wound didn't open up until I got to moving around, or if the belt was holding everything together. 

I think the doc put in six internal stitches with six more on the outside. When he finished I asked the doc that since the wound was on my side and not in a muscle if I could go back to the log woods in the morning. Should have seen the look on the nurses face. :D He couldn't believe that I would ask him that, but he said to take it easy and you should be OK. Yeah. Next morning I was packing chainsaws.   ;)

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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2018, 09:39:57 AM »
In 2007 i was dropping trees and bushes for my teak plantations and one gnarly, curved, twisted 6" diam tree kicked back and came down over my leg, i looked down and saw the sole of my boot staring at me, my lower leg was bent 180 degrees around the log. luckily it was no open fracture. 3 month in a cast, then learn to walk again just to break the leg again after my dog run me over from behind.  I would a have killed the dog with my bare hands in that instant but could not walk anymore to get em.  then i had to pay for surgery in a private hospital, they fixed it good!
One complicated hand fracture, but that was back in Switzerland when i still worked in construction, which is also dangerous.
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2018, 11:27:16 AM »
You guys are making me feel very fortunate today, my dad was a faller in BC for years and has been logging and climbing for around 40 years now without breaking any bones he's had a few close calls but was never seriously injured. Thank you all for your input.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2018, 12:23:23 PM »
My worst was an almost. I was dropping a few trees about 6-8 years ago and all went where I planned. It turned out 1 plan was bad. There was brush on the ground about 20-25' out from the tree I was felling. It wend down perfectly, but I did not know there was an old stump in that brush. The trunk landed on the stump and the butt end jumped about 8-10' in the air, as I exited 45 degrees left. Had I not exited, my widow might be typing this for others to beware. That tree was about 14" DBH. It did miss my chainsaw too.
Then last fall I was taking down 2 dangerous trees, a big sugar maple and a bigger cherry. In both cases I had to drop several other trees to give the compromised ones an opening to fall into. The sugar maple went as planned, the cherry was more exciting.
When I got to the cherry, the trunk was all rotted, leaving live wood in the shape of a BIG letter C, and the center was all missing. I had to drop it in the direction of the top of the C. The wood around there was only about 6-7" thick before it got to the rotten void in the center. I decided to use my mini excavator to help push the tree at about 10' up. With so little wood there I chose to just made a wedge cut about 2" deep. Then with the excavator putting pressure on it and with the blade down on the opposite end of the excavator, I made my plunge cut to define the hinge, then cut, backing out. As I exited the back side, the tree barber chaired at about 8' up. When the top was down, the excavator wasn't. the bucket held that end of the tracks about 30" off the ground and the blade held the other end of the tracks about 16" off the ground. It was hanging there. I thought it a bad idea to get on the excavator, so standing beside it I very slowly started to lift the bucket. As I did, the cherry moved towards the excavator. I added a little down pressure as it stopped. I then raised the blade just enough that one end of the tracks was touching the ground. I then slowly, while standing on the ground moved the excavator away. After a foot or so, the tree stopped coming towards the machine. I then very slowly again raised the bucket. This time I was able to get both tracks fully on the ground and the bucket off the trunk. I then moved it a few feet away from the trunk and got on. I then drove it to the left and approached the barber chair from that side, reached up and pushed the trunk off it's perch. Finally, my heart could slow down. I put my tools away and left for the day. One scary moment but no injuries.
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« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2018, 12:27:44 PM »
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