Logging Safety: A Field Guide

Section Five: Skidding/Yarding

  • Next to felling, skidding is the most dangerous part of a logging operation.
  • Getting the timber to the loading area safely requires good communication and safe work practices.
  • Skidding hazards include:
    • Moving equipment
    • Moving and rolling logs
    • Cable releases
    • Cable-related cuts and punctures
    • Rollovers

Skidding Safety

  • Hook and unhook chokers from the end of the log on the uphill side (unless log is securely chocked).
  • Position yourself in clear view of equipment operators.
  • Communicate clearly with the yarding machine operator to signal the movement of the line.
  • Move the line only after receiving a clear signal (yarding machine operator)!
  • Ensure winching is done within the stability limits of the machine.
  • Place each yarded tree in a location that does not cause a hazard.

Skidding/Yarding Checklist

  • Are chokers hooked and unhooked from end of the log on the uphill side?
  • Are workers on foot within clear view of the skidder operators?
  • Are operators waiting for the signal before moving the line?
  • Is winching being done within the stability limits of the machine?
  • Are cable handlers wearing gloves?
  • Are operators wearing seat belts?
  • Are yarded trees being placed in a location that does not cause a hazard?