Forest15.04.2010

Safety first

Woodmens equipment includes tools, proper overalls, helmet and mobile phone

Woodmens equipment includes tools, proper overalls, helmet and mobile phone

Nowadays the woodmen rarely work as pairs, that's why safety is very imporant. Proper overalls, helmet and mobile phone are the most necessary equipment of woodmen.

According to Koskitukki's Head of Purchasing Markus Karjalainen Koskitukki has 10 woodsmen of their own at the moment, these mostly work in pairs. Work safety is paramount.

-          Equipment is the key to everything. The most important thing is the overalls these have to protect against the wind and rain. There is also a fibreglass layer underneath which stops the chainsaw immediately so that it won’t cut through the overalls. The equipment also includes a helmet and nowadays a mobile phone, Karjalainen says.

Working with a partner aids safety even though they may be working several hundred metres apart. If something happens, help is close at hand. Calls in the morning and afternoon are a routine and they are especially important when a woodsman is working alone on a plot.