Safety Corner

June: Safely Clear Brush and Tree Lines

Earlier this month, dairy farmer Mark Mosemann was clearing a tree line with an employee, who was running a piece of large equipment. Their process was to push the trees over with the equipment and then cut off the stumps, claiming the wood. As they worked, Mark used a chainsaw to separate a log from the stump but was unable to see the tree had two main boughs. As he cut the first bough, the tree became unbalanced and rolled over on to Mark’s legs, pinning him. “It was painful,” said Mark. “But fortunately, the other guy had to shut off the equipment for something else and was able to help me.” Mark’s advice is to slow down, giving time to evaluate the situation, and work in pairs.