WSN regrets to inform its clients that a fatality has occurred in Ontario’s logging industry.
The incident took place at a logging operation north of Thessalon, on Dec. 13th at approximately 4 p.m.
The worker was part of a conventional logging operation involving one man cut and skid crews. He was preparing the trail for a new work area using his cable skidder. As the worker exited his skidder, a birch chicot in close proximity to the machine fell and fatally struck the worker. Early reports suggest that the skidder may have disturbed the chicot while preparing a trail.
Click here for an excerpt from WSN's reference manual, Safe Skidding, for information on dealing with problem trees.
Click here for an excerpt from WSN's reference manual, The Cutting Edge, for information on chicots.
Download this safety bulletin from the Ministry of Natural Resources, for information on working around chicots and wildlife trees.