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What You Should Do If You Get Hurt in the Woods When Alone

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Gypo Logger, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Gypo Logger

    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    I was hoping for the Darwin Award, but it appears you beat me to it! Lol
    It's nice that we're all getting along again.
     
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    olyman Tree Freak

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    me thinks,,by the way you post on here,,you know nothing of what gypo has done...better to say nothing,,mr big shot...
     
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    From what little I've seen a disclaimer like " do not attempt this at home " would help, LOL
    Thansk
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    How dare you question my felon techniques! Lol
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    I wouldn't mind if this thread was a hidden stickie. It would clear the board and just be another chapter in the book.
     
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    I found out today a friend of mine was hit by a widow maker a month ago. He survived but his days in the woods are over. He took a limb on his shoulder pad, which according to the doctor, saved his life. He ended up with a broken collar bone, four broken ribs, and a shattered scapula. Cal Fire refused to drive across the bridge the log trucks had been using, fortunately the ambulance saw no problem doing so. Before the job started the company identified locations where there was cell phone service and landing zones and both were used. It took 30 minutes for the ambulance to reach him (he was working right along a road) and then maybe another 30 minutes to get to the LZ. It will be a very long recovery.
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    I think he will be alright, loggers have strong wills. Tell him to keep his chin up. Loggers have no scars for sale.
    Tel him John the Cull from Canada wishes him the best.
     
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    I will tell him. Thank you.
     
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    madhatte It's The Water Staff Member

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to him.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    We of the woods can take a pretty hard hit. I bet he pulls out of it.
     
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    Gologit Completely retired...life is good.

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    Sorry about your friend. CalFire give any reason why they wouldn't cross the bridge?
    ID-ing cell phone spots is a good idea. On most of our jobs you'll see a big letter C painted on trees in white. It helps.
     
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    I'm ID'ing cell phone coverage on the fort in GIS right now. Eventually I'll have a local map that will identify not only the spots where the coverage works but also where it specifically doesn't. I'll grade them by color, I think.
     
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    Well Steve, my friend who was injured, can move his arm a little bit and the swelling is down enough for an MRI. The bad news is the MRI revealed a severely torn rotator cuff. I have a mildly torn RC from helping a friend process firewood last summer. After two painful cortisone shots I can move my arm about half as much as before the tear. I probably won't need surgery. He will.

    It will 2 months before he can take a ride into the woods because of the rough roads.
     
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    Many fire agencies are implementing policies where we won't cross an un-rated private bridge. Since most states allow fire apparatus to have overweight axles without permits, we tend to be a little leary of bridges. There have been several incidents where fire apparatus have collapsed bridges that have survived use by other commercial trucks.
     
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    Gologit Completely retired...life is good.

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    The collapsed bridges...were they in Washington? I don't remember that happening down here. I've seen a couple of Cats go through old and badly maintained bridges but I can't think of a case where a truck, fire or otherwise, collapsed a bridge.
    Examples?
     
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    Bob, I don't have a picture but one of our firetrucks collapsed a short bridge here in town just last year at a small apartment complex. After the accident, it looked to me to have been more of a homemade concrete box culvert than a bridge; the truck didn't care. It had been in use for years and appeared to be of substance particularly given its short length, but again, the truck didn't care. I believe the FD took it to heart and made note. Ron
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    Never had a bridge colapse on me, but I've had a rear tire pass me in a 69 F250 while packing a cord of cedar posts.
    Never a dull moment.
     
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    No doubt in my mind. :) Ron
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    Most of the really sketchy bridges have been dealt with around here...

    There where a few that where still made from old growth logs tossed across a ravine and covered with rough cut 4xwhatevers... and never painted or maintained.... since the CCC days and the beginnings of log trucks. Guard rails like 4" high and a drop of 50-100' a guy could see through them in more then a few places
     
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