Follow these Metsä Group’s safety guidelines when visiting a forest site:
- Inform the machine operator about your visit. You can find the phone number in the message sent to you before the work began or on the site’s warning sign.
- Always wear a high-visibility vest or garment, as well as suitable footwear, to the site.
- When visiting a felling site or a site of other types of machine work, wear a helmet with a chinstrap and eye protector. If you do not have one, you can borrow one from the harvester operator.
- Visit the site in daylight.
- Maintain a safety distance of at least 90 metres to a running machine or felling operations. The safety distance for chipping is also 90 metres. The safety distance for brush cutting and wood loading is 20 metres.
- Ensure that the operator or forest worker notices you.
- Wait for the machine to be stopped before you approach it.
- Approach the site from the felled area, not from an unfelled forest where visibility is poor.
- Never go under the machine’s boom.
- Do not climb on top of a pile.
These safety guidelines also apply to wood loading and chipping.
Further information is available from your personal forest specialist or our local office.