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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) now has available a new safety manual for knuckleboom log loaders.

New knuckleboom log loader safety manual available from AEM

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) now has available a new safety manual for knuckleboom log loaders. The 52-page AEM Knuckleboom Log Loader Safety Manual was developed under manufacturer guidance of the association’s Forestry Equipment Council, and it covers log loaders that are equipped with a grapple and either stationary or mounted on a truck, trailer, rubber-tired carrier or crawler.


The manual covers current industry practice in machine design and construction as well as up-to-date industry safety best practices for equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport. AEM safety manuals outline common sense “do’s and don’ts” in clear language and an easy-to-follow format, and they are a convenient and cost-effective way to provide in-house safety training.


Graphics reinforce the safety messages and are in pictorial style to harmonize with the latest machine safety sign and manufacturer manual practices. ISO safety symbols are incorporated where appropriate. Safety alert messages, use of the “Safety Alert symbol” and use of “Signal Words” are revised to conform to ANSI Z535.6:2006 standards.


AEM’s safety and training materials cover more than 40 types of equipment used in agricultural, construction, forestry and utility applications. The association initiated its safety-tools program more than 40 years ago to provide job-proven and time-tested suggestions that promote safety-conscious attitudes and performance. In addition to accident prevention, benefits include improved worker productivity and less equipment downtime for repairs.


All AEM safety manuals, videos and related safety and training products are available online at http://shop.aem.org. Some safety materials are offered in downloadable files or in DVD format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials.   ###


Editor’s Note: For a cover photo of the new AEM Knuckleboom Log Loader Safety Manual  or a copy for editorial use, contact Pat Monroe (pmonroe@aem.org, 414-298-4123).

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