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Topping is dangerous too!
« on: March 18, 2017, 07:58:05 am »
I wasn't sure about posting this but if it helps prevent an accident it is the right thing to do. We lost a friend and logger topping a tree in his yard recently. First thing everyone thought a large tree must have fallen on him, wrong.

He was cutting a smallish maple from his yard. After felling the tree he was topping the log and left a limb that extended above him. Upon cutting a limb under the log the tree rolled and the extended limb struck him.

This guy was a very good logger and had worked around timber for a long time. It only takes one mistake, please think of this when topping.
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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 08:56:33 am »
Sad story indeed.
Working with trees whether in the woods or yards we are only one mistake away from the great beyond.
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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 12:03:45 pm »
that is sad more so being in your own yard   :( :( :(    it happened to me one time but i was lucky there was a lot of snow and my dad was there to help broke 3 of my ribs and a huge black an blue and a MAJOR WAKE UP CALL     not what we want to here but thanks for posting

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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 12:21:54 pm »
 I got pinned under a w/pine once, cutting bottom limbs. Same as Coxy there was snow on the ground. I didn't break anything but was bruised good. No one working with me,cell didn't have bars and no one heard my whistle. I finally dug myself out from under it. Now I leave all bottom branches and use the skidder to roll it over. If your cutting ahead of the skidder put some red flagging on it and leave it for the skidder.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2017, 12:43:11 pm »
Well I'm sitting on a couch with a broken leg because I let gravity win topping a tree. The key is taking all the stress away from the main stem. Me and many others have beat that in are head. Where I made my 2 second mistake was there were several small little trees putting pressure on the log, due to I pulled the tree down at an angle to fall it away from a small shed by a lake. So I put that tree under stress and decided to cut the top of on the wrong side of tree. Laziness and tired, of repeat long days and hours of trying to get wood to landing because i'm behind on tracts (2yrs). Lesson learned. Always take the stress of before cutting the main log out, and remember gravity always wins...sorry to here of the accident, it's a dangerous occuppation, high risk high gains..
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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2017, 07:24:48 pm »
Getting in a hurry , day dreaming, or being over worked quite often cause accidents like that. I have cut tops of stressed trees from the wrong side.
Touch wood, never got hit, but said to myself  " what in the world were you thinking " ??? 
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2017, 08:29:44 pm »
personally I think topping is more dangerous than felling. when the tree hits the ground it is under strange pressure and stresses that it never was in before. a lot more chainsawing (limbing) also means a better chance for kickback and/or cutting yourself. there are also chances for limbs that you broke loose that are hanging by one fiber that can fall and get you... why the hell do I log anyways?? way too dangerous!! I should have been an accountant!!  :D

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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 06:04:19 am »
Not sure which is more dangerous, topping or felling. Serious potential in both. Felling is more likely to get you killed, but topping seems more likely to get you hurt. Yesterday I fell twice while topping a massive red oak with limbs as big around as I me. And just for the record, old farts don't bounce as high as they use too. Or heal as quick. Guess that's what keeps us interested.

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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2017, 08:30:36 pm »
 :D :D :D sorry mills had to  :D  hows your cat running  we welded that fork in that cat winch 3 winters ago and its still working :-X :-X

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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 12:08:39 am »
personally I think topping is more dangerous than felling. when the tree hits the ground it is under strange pressure and stresses that it never was in before. a lot more chainsawing (limbing) also means a better chance for kickback and/or cutting yourself. there are also chances for limbs that you broke loose that are hanging by one fiber that can fall and get you... why the hell do I log anyways?? way too dangerous!! I should have been an accountant!!  :D
👍 yup. There's 360 degrees around that tree to run. I got hit pretty good this summer topping a big oak, I've learned the hard way to stand above the body wood when cutting off a top. It's sad to hear about someone getting killed, it's been a few yrs since someone here locally has gotten it. We are hosting the GOL logging rescue class up here this yr "Coxy" if you needed the credits. It's actually not a bad class to take.

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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 07:05:41 am »
That is too bad. A person can do something a 1000 time and something we don't notice or something we think won't matter can get us.
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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 11:50:35 pm »
I wasn't sure about posting this but if it helps prevent an accident it is the right thing to do. We lost a friend and logger topping a tree in his yard recently. First thing everyone thought a large tree must have fallen on him, wrong.

He was cutting a smallish maple from his yard. After felling the tree he was topping the log and left a limb that extended above him. Upon cutting a limb under the log the tree rolled and the extended limb struck him.

This guy was a very good logger and had worked around timber for a long time. It only takes one mistake, please think of this when topping.
i herd about this just yesterday.......still seems unreal to me. can't hardly believe it......prayers to the family.

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Re: Topping is dangerous too!
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2017, 01:33:52 pm »
Thanks for posting this. Very sorry to hear about this man; the last thing he thought of that day was dying.

Convinces me I must stop doing some things.
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