Widow-makers

Karan, a blogger here in Olympia, has an intriguing post on what are called "widow-makers". I'm not going to quote anything from the original post, go check it out yourself: Widow-makers

I will say that there are a lot of them out there. Spooky.

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i have seen several..


this one spot i always go to for lunch had a massive limb hanging right up i the treetop..

Pretty scary because they are hard to notice and weigh alot..


Trees versus Mankind - Who is winning?

Logging Fatality Investigation Reports

The following tables contain links to fatality investigation reports of incidents where logging incidents resulted in the deaths of workers. The first table contains a list of cases investigated by NIOSH; the second table contains a list of cases investigated by state investigators in state FACE programs.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/traumalgface.html


83-05 Falling Tree Limb Strikes Logger
92-09 Tree Faller Killed when Struck by Decayed Slab Jarred Loose by Fallen Tree—Alaska
92-10 Tree Faller/Bucker Crushed Between Two Logs While Bucking a Fallen Tree—Alaska
92-15 Tree Faller Crushed by Dislodged Tree—Alaska
92-21 Tree Faller Dies After Being Struck by a Falling Snag—Pennsylvania
92-38 Tree Feller Crushed by Falling Tree—Virginia
93-01 Tree Feller Crushed by Dislodged Tree—South Carolina
93-02 Tree Feller Dies After Being Struck by a Chain Saw in the Throat—South Carolina
93-03 Truck Driver Killed when Struck by Log that Rolled off Truck During Loading Operation—Alaska
93-04 Owner of Logging Company Crushed by Rootwad of Windfall Tree During Bucking Operation—Alaska
93-05 Tree Feller Killed by Falling Tree Limb—West Virginia
93-10 Timber Cutter Dies After Being Struck by a Falling Snag—West Virginia
93-13 Timber Cutter Dies After Being Struck by a Falling Snag—West Virginia
93-16 Equipment Operator Struck and Killed by Skidder—South Carolina
94-05 Timber Cutter/Skidder Operator Killed by Falling Tree—West Virginia
95-03 Timber Cutter Killed by Falling Tree Limb—West Virginia
95-04 Timber Cutter Killed by Falling Tree Limb—South Carolina
95-05 Chokersetter Killed by Falling Tree—South Carolina
95-07 Machine Operator Struck and Killed by Cutting Head of Feller Buncher Machine—North Carolina
95-08 Truck Driver Dies After Being Struck By Log That Fell From Logging Truck—North Carolina
96-10 Logger Dies After Falling From Log Skidder—South Carolina
96-13 Foreman/skidder Operator Killed by Falling Tree—West Virginia
96-14 Tree Feller Killed by a Piece of Wood From a Falling Tree—Pennsylvania
96-15 Tree Trimmer/Climber Dies After Falling 40 Feet With an Uprooted Tree Trunk--Virginia
97-05 Hog Farmer/Logging Company Owner Dies After Being Struck by a Falling Tree—West Virginia
98-09 Tree Feller Killed When Struck by Chain Saw—West Virginia
2004-04 Hispanic Logger Struck and Killed by a Falling Tree Cut by a Feller Buncher Machine—North Carolina
2004-07 Chain Saw Operator Dies After Being Struck by Excavator Bucket During Site Clearing—North Carolina

Seems to me the Ents could use a military adviser or two...

Logging is very dangerous

Two of my cousins, who lived and logged in Oregon, were killed on the job. One was killed in his early 20's, and the other, 20 years later, in his early 40's.  At first I assumed that it was the trees fighting back, but as it turns out, both were killed when heavy logging equipment rolled on uneven terrain, and crushed them. 

in the interest of spreading the love

When we link to another local blog that already has comments available, we should cut off comments here. Show Karan some love, comment over there.