Sammamish, WA – A driver hit two men who were part of a logging crew clearing trees for a new housing development in Duvall. The men who were wearing vests and helmets, were standing on the shoulder of the road doing a pre-work safety check when they were hit. They were carrying stop signs at the time, but were not yet using them. One man was hit in the leg and suffered only minor injuries. The other worker suffered a broken arm and internal injuries. He was transported to Harborview Hospital.
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Windsor, CT – 33 year old Shawn Varley died after a large tree limb hit him in the head during a work-related accident. Police stated that Varley was working on behalf of J&J Lumber Corp. of Dover Plains, NY. OSHA is investigating the incident.
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Hanover, PA – 52 year old Paul Hoffnagle died while using a chainsaw on his property in York County. Reports state that Hoffnagle lost control of the chainsaw he was using and it caused multiple injuries to his upper body. Police stated that, “It was pretty traumatic to the point where he wasn’t able to go anywhere to get help”. The official cause of death is multiple sharp force trauma.
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The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society, indigenous and tribal peoples, and private sector organizations in countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the European Union. Grants up to USD 110 000 are available through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries. Eligible applicants are invited to submit concept notes before 15 September 2017.
Stockbridge, VT – 50 year old Brendan Smith was electrocuted while watching someone cut branches off a tree. Smith was in a group of people watching when, as police believe, a branch fell and hit a live wire as it dropped to the ground. He was not hit by any debris but bystanders found him laying on the ground. Police added that his body may have been touching some equipment that might have conducted the electricity through his body. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
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Implemented by local partners with support from the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme, the projects will further the development of a bilateral trade agreement between Lao PDR and the EU known as a Voluntary Partnership Agreement.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is stepping up support for the legal timber trade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with the official launch of two new projects that will strengthen the roles of civil society and the private sector in improving forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) in the country.