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.

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 for Field Use: Felling Checklist for Field Use: Felling

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