Dealing with windthrow trees
Safetree’s strongest recommendation is that windthrow should be harvested using machines.Windthrow and the cutting of wood under tension creates significant risks for workers. That is why the ACoP states that machine-assisted felling must be the first choice for salvaging windthrow trees, wherever possible. Consider retiring the land if mechanical harvesting isn't possible. Safetree is aware of one large forest owner who has decided that all windthrow areas must be felled mechanically, and no manual falling will be done. Where trees can't be mechanically felled, the wind-affected areas will be retired. Safetree acknowledges the leadership shown by this forest owner and its tangible commitment to protecting the wellbeing and safety of forestry workers. See more information in the resources below.
What's it like harvesting windthrow for the first time?
Operator Danny Rakete from Lakeland Cable Logging talks about what its like to harvest windthrow trees for the first time.
What's it like logging windthrow - Hapeta Flight
Hapeta Flight, from Flight Logging, talks about logging widespread winthrow caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
What's it like logging windthrow - Gordon Flight
Watch this video where Gordon Flight, from Flight Logging, talks about harvesting windthrow in the Central North Island.
Mechanised harvesting Vs Motor Manual in Windthrow
Watch this video where Dan Hart, foreman at Lakeland Cable Harvesting talks about harvesting woodthrow in the Central North Island.
Alert: Dealing with windthrow trees
Alert with key information on how to safely deal with windthrow trees.
Storm damaged trees
Information Rayonier Matariki prepared for its crews on harvesting storm damaged trees.
Video: Experiencing the dangers of windthrow trees
Joe Akari talks about his first experience of watching a windthrow tree explode when cut.
Windthrow Manual Falling Safety Alert (2019)
A Safety Alert from 2019 with information on how to manual risks of manually removing windthrow trees.