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
- 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.
- 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?