Manual Operations » Felling Trees
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.
- Eliminate or minimize exposure to potential hazards found in the tree and in the surrounding area
- Determine an appropriate felling direction. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(ii)]
- Plan and clear a retreat path. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(vi)]
- Use a proper felling technique in making the cuts. [29 CFR 1910.266(h)(2)(v-vii)]
- 29 CFR 1910 Subpart R, Special industries. OSHA Standard.
- Logging. OSHA Preamble to Final Rules, (1994).
- Logging Operations. OSHA Federal Register Final Rules 60:47022-47037 (September 8, 1995). Amends the logging operations standard. [See Paragraph (h)(1)(ii) - Unfamiliar or Unusually Hazardous Conditions - Paragraph (h)(2)(i) - Retreat Paths.]
- Logging Operations, Inspection Procedures and Interpretive Guidance Including Twelve Previously Stayed Provisions. OSHA Directive CPL 02-01-022 [CPL 2-1.22], (September 27, 1996). [See Definitions and clarifications: Paragraph (h) Tree Harvesting.]
- Logging Operations, Inspection Procedures and Interpretive Guidance. OSHA Directive CPL 02-01-019 [CPL 2-1.19], (March 17, 1995). [See General Inspection Procedures: Tree harvesting.]