eTools Home:Logging Standards | Glossary | Bibliography | User Guide | Credits
Logging eTool
Manual Operations:
Felling Trees
Felling
 
 
More people are killed while felling trees than during any other logging activity.

These accidents CAN be avoided!
 
 

To "fell a tree" means more than just cutting it down. Felling means to cut the tree in such a way that it falls in the desired direction and results in the least damage to the tree.

To safely fell any one tree, you must: [29 CFR 1910.266(d)(6)(i) and (ii), (d)(8), (h)(1) and (h)(2)]
  1. Eliminate or minimize exposure to potential hazards found in the tree and in the surrounding area
  2. Determine an appropriate felling direction. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(ii)]
  3. Plan and clear a retreat path. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(vi)]
  4. Use a proper felling technique in making the cuts. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(v-vii)]
Checklist Checklist for Field Use: Felling

Book Additional Information:


eTools Home:Logging Standards | Glossary | Bibliography | User Guide | Credits