23 July, 2014
Safety guidelines for
felling trees with chainsaws
|Chainsaw felling of trees is
recognised as one of the more dangerous activities in forestry. However the
risks can be reduced considerably with well trained and professional operators.
WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council have produced a training standard
that will go some way in achieving these risk reductions. The document begins
by providing an initial safety meeting checklist and universal principles for
safe felling. The standard then proceeds to discuss various safety aspects
under the following headings:
safely: This considers general safety aspects such as safety programmes.
and personal equipment: The various safety clothing that should be worn is
equipment and personal wellbeing: This section includes information on
aspects such as operator visibility and climatic factors.
Various exercises that should be performed by operators are described.
and other equipment: This includes choosing a chainsaw, carrying a chainsaw
by hand and chainsaw refuelling.
maintenance and filing: A chainsaw maintenance checklist is provided, along
with safe chain filing information.
chainsaw handling procedures: Various safety aspects are covered, with a
focus on kickbacks.
wedges: The uses of axes and wedges with chainsaw felling are described.
and safety meetings: Various plans, meetings, checks and procedures are
areas and active falling areas: The safe working procedures are described
for entering a falling area and barricading a falling area.
transport and first aid coverage: Transportation of the crew, tools, fuel
and equipment is discussed.
species group hazards: The risks associated with felling various tree
species is described.
tree indicators: The aspects of a tree that create safety hazards are
cutting procedures: These include different types of undercuts, directional
control and wedging.
aspects covered include managing risk factors, escape routes, opening the
falling face, site-tree assessments, inadequate felling cuts, correcting
incomplete felling cuts, and steep slope, upslope and riparian felling.
training standard (part 1 of 2) can be downloaded for free from :
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