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Re: Logging Accident Reviews
« Reply #60 on: October 18, 2016, 01:30:32 PM »
I'd like to share one from our woods here.
2 Winters ago, I was out in our woods with a good friend who likes to hang out and help out during his off season.
He's an easy going, somewhat sarcastic, former Army Ranger...not sure how that all blends, but you get the idea.
I was dropping trees for a new shooting range driveway and he was helping to buck up what I put down.
After felling 4 or 5 med and large Birch, I was about to caution him about the tree he was starting to limb and it's precarious position.  It had dropped across a stump 3' off the ground and parked there.  My friend did his usual "yeah, yeah!, I know." and I shrugged it off and went back to limbing other trees.

When I'm working a saw, there's not much time off of the trigger.  Several minutes later, I paused to move and heard him yelling to me.
He's sitting on the ground, back to another tree, holding his arm.
Turned out he had basically trimmed the legs out from under this large tree and wasn't planning what would happen next.  The tree lost it's balance and rolled/spun down off of the stump and a 3-4" branch came around and caught his forearm just past the elbow.  He broke his arm in 3 places.
Not a good day!!
We spoke a few days after he got it set and casted and he said "Next time I tell you Yeah, yeah!!...just tell me to shut up, and go ahead with your safety speech anyway."
End result: He learned to listen and I learned to continue with the safety reminders. 
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Re: Logging Accident Reviews
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2017, 08:32:14 AM »
What is a Dutch notch

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Re: Logging Accident Reviews
« Reply #62 on: December 09, 2017, 10:31:02 AM »
You can find a discription and diagram of a dutchman here, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/logging/manual/felling/cuts/dangers.html

Basically, its a poorly constructed notch where the notch cuts do not meet, leaving a shelf that doesn't keeps the "hinge" from fully closing. The  shelf can cause the hinge to break before the trees falling direction has been committed,  causing it to to go astray or it can cause the tree to stall and not fall.   It can also be used as a technique to turn a tree.
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« Reply #63 on: December 10, 2017, 05:47:09 PM »
I for one am glad there is not a lot of activity on the health and safety board.been around it long enough to know some folks that either aren't around anymore or won't ever log again.and really I'm not a troll! 2years ago this week, a friend of mines husband died in the log Wood's.he was a pro,and will always be missed. Please be safe out there,that is something we can all agree on.

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Re: Logging Accident Reviews
« Reply #64 on: December 10, 2017, 05:50:45 PM »
Thanks Jeff,was wondering what a Dutch notch was all about.is there any reason to use a Dutch notch


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