Safety moment
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Like Tree47Likes
  • 10 Post By aclass
  • 8 Post By Drifterbike
  • 9 Post By ctrider
  • 6 Post By CNGreen
  • 7 Post By ZachinCO
  • 1 Post By H-D dealer dude
  • 2 Post By mark02tj
  • 4 Post By BBarn

Thread: Safety moment

  1. Top | #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Last Online
    08-22-2019 @ 08:44 PM
    Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
    Thanked 50 Times in 30 Posts

    Safety moment

    Maybe this will provide a "take two" moment for someone who will be or does tree felling with the help of a tractor loader and prevent an accident. I have a co-worker that lost his Dad last week because he was using forks to help fell a tree. The tree fell sideways and literally flipped the tractor 180° instead of simply turning over and he lost his life. My friend estimated that the tractor flipped so quickly that he didnt even have time to move out of the seat at all.

    Think twice good folk, it doesnt take long.
    dieselshadow, Levi, OxPath and 7 others like this.
    2016 3039R 165FEL / Woods RM660 / Fimco 40gal 3pt / Frontier 1060 Aerator / Frontier subsoiler / 3 pt spreader / HLA pallet forks / 6ft blade / 6ft Lucknow 3pt snowblower / $50 boom pole that never gets used anymore

  2. The Following 19 Users Say Thank You to aclass For This Useful Post:

    BBarn (04-18-2017), BigJim55 (04-17-2017), Bubber (04-17-2017), Drifterbike (04-17-2017), flyweight (04-18-2017), Franked (04-19-2017), Jep (04-17-2017), keane (04-17-2017), Kennyd (04-17-2017), Levi (04-19-2017), mark02tj (04-18-2017), Old Cajun (04-19-2017), OxPath (04-18-2017), Rope_Chucker (04-18-2017), rtgt (04-18-2017), SCPORET (04-18-2017), Superglidesport (04-17-2017), Treefarmer (04-17-2017), ZachinCO (04-17-2017)

  3. Remove Advertisements

  4. Top | #2
    Drifterbike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Last Online
    09-13-2019 @ 11:18 AM
    Hampton Ill
    Thanked 317 Times in 278 Posts
    Sorry to hear. I lost a class mate of mine about 4 years back he rolled in a ditch while he was mowing. He wasn't killed right a way he tried to crawl out but didn't make it. We all have tto be safe and if you see someone doing something STUPID speak up. They may tell you to butt out but your conscious will be clear.
    DRobinson, rtgt, Levi and 5 others like this.
    2018 2038R 220R FEL, 72" Mower, Radial tires, wheel spacers, dual rear SVCs, CtA grapple, single point for FEL, 60" broom with front hitch;2018 1025R 54"auto connect, HDAP tires, Quick Hitch, Ballast Box, Etc...;1967 1020 3cylinder gas, #47 FEL, 72" Landpride Grooming Mower, 6ft box blade, For Sale(no Hurry); life Member NRA since 1974

  5. Top | #3
    ctrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Last Online
    09-13-2019 @ 08:58 PM
    Leeds, Maine
    Thanked 153 Times in 80 Posts
    That's horrible news. After spending months with my father (83 yrs old) cutting and hauling firewood, it's amazing how quickly things can happen. We use just the bucket against the tree sometimes to push it in the direction we want it to fall. I've found that really looking at the tree before scarfing it makes a big difference as well as leaving a hinge in the right spot to hold it. But even then things can happen unexpectedly.

    We've probably yarded out 10 cord, hauling the trees full length about a mile to the yard, then using the log tongs on the bucket to load them on a flatbed. I've learned a lot from my Dad and have enjoyed the hard work, but like anything else, you have to always be on alert. Even cutting the trees to 24' logs before loading can be dangerous. Unloading them can be too.

    Just be safe in all you do, as much as possible. We had a very large oak today that maxed out the tractor. It was 30" in diameter at least and 30-40' long. It just didn't feel right and was hard on the equipment, so I cut it in half. Much safer and easier to handle.
    Last edited by ctrider; 04-17-2017 at 05:53 PM. Reason: spelling

  6. Remove Advertisements

  7. Top | #4
    CNGreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Last Online
    08-31-2019 @ 10:37 PM
    Pike Road, Alabama
    Thanked 76 Times in 67 Posts
    Sorry to hear that kind of news. Serves as a reminder to all of us that we must be safe at all times.
    DRobinson, rtgt, Levi and 3 others like this.
    2014 John Deere 5100E H240 FEL 6' Rakemaster Root Grapple, 2016 Woods PSS72 food plot seeder, 2013 John Deere XUV 550 S4 2015 Orsi 12' boom mower with flail head, 2016 John Deere 4105 with front end loader, 2016 John Deere MX6, 2018 Everything Attachments 55" Wicked Grapple. 2018 Everything Attachments Severe Extreme Duty 6' Landscape Rake, 2018 John Deere 1025R TLB with 54D quick connect deck [SIZE=2][COLOR="#008000"]

  8. Top | #5
    Hey, I want a title too! ZachinCO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Last Online
    08-31-2019 @ 06:01 PM
    Elbert County, CO
    Thanked 434 Times in 294 Posts
    Things with energy/force potential always make me apprehensive. Staying out of the "bite" is always on my mind.

    Thoughts & prayers to your co-worker and the family.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    DRobinson, rtgt, Levi and 4 others like this.
    MINE!! 2016 New Holland T4.75

    In-Laws 2006 4520-400 CX FEL-RC2072-Land Pride FS700-Rhino Box Blade-7' Plow Blade-CountyLine PHD
    In-Laws 2003 2210-210 FEL-54C MMM

    My Sons IH Cub Cadet Originals- 62-Running;62-Restoration;61-Parts Donor

    My social media~

  9. Top | #6

    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Last Online
    03-02-2019 @ 06:20 PM
    Lehigh Valley PA
    Thanked 201 Times in 195 Posts
    Dropped some trees growing out of a chain link fence yesterday. The biggest 2 were 8"&10" thick. This is how I skidded them with my X540. Cut the big ends down to the first big branch. All the other branches hold the trunk up nicely. Then hooked a strap to the trunk just above that first big branch. This way the end of the trunk is no where near the ground. So no chance of the trunk digging in. Then I don't have to worry about the front wheels coming off of the ground.

    This is about the biggest trees I'd drop before calling a professional. They also had a good lean toward the direction I wanted them to go.
    Levi likes this.

  10. Top | #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Last Online
    Today @ 08:53 AM
    Southwest Ohio
    Thanked 799 Times in 580 Posts
    Sorry to hear about this!

    THANKS though, for the timely reminder. I actually just pushed over what was left of a dead ash tree with one of my forks on Sunday. Never even thought about the possibility that you mentioned. My situation was a little different as the "tree" was really just a 6" diameter trunk about 12' high. I don't think it had enough mass to it to do what you describe. BUT... I was planning on trying to push over a larger, more intact dead Ash about 10' away from that one. I think I'll just take the chain saw to it and then deal with the stump afterwards.
    rtgt and Levi like this.
    '05 JD 3520 Open Station w/ 300CX FEL
    Grandpa's '52 Farmall Cub
    A couple of old Gravelys
    Help a Vet and his dog

  11. Top | #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Last Online
    08-28-2019 @ 10:36 AM
    Western PA - Butler County
    Thanked 123 Times in 78 Posts
    Sorry for your loss. News like this is sad but tot hose left behind it is a reason to consider carefully what you are doing.

    I lost a cousin a few years back when a limb fell out of the tree and pinned him to the seat.

    Anytime you are working with trees you have to be careful. Ever notice it is easier to push a small tree over when you raise the FEL to do it? Ever see the physics of a lever and fulcrum? When that tree pushes over and the root goes under the axle a flip is not hard to get to.

    I cleared a load of brush yesterday and had some 3 and 4 inch diameter vines to deal with. While it would be convenient to pull backwards with the FEL it would put me too close to the action. Old limbs and tops of trees are bad for you when they try and share the same space as you.

    Distance and contingency plans are your friend, so is that little voice in the back of your head. If it feels sketchy it probably is. If it doesn't feel sketchy maybe you just haven't thought it through enough. Guess that's why it says "think safety" on my dash?
    rtgt, Levi, keane and 1 others like this.
    Without data, you are just another man with an opinion.
    1025r TLB
    - 54" MMM
    - 49" 120 FEL with Piranha tooth bar
    - 260 Backhoe with 12" and 16" Buckets
    - 5' County Line Box Blade
    - FSP700 Spreader

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to BBarn For This Useful Post:

    mark02tj (04-18-2017)

  13. Remove Advertisements


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts