Planning

  • only competent persons should undertake the assessment of trees and sites, planning and preparation of the work method
  • determine appropriate control measures in consultation with workers and document the safe work method to serve as evidence of managing risks
  • discuss the control measures at the tool box talk
  • consider conducting a site specific risk assessment
  • the risks that are common to many jobs may not be re-assessed but persons undertaking the work must be familiar with the current control measures in place
  • planning should consider whether the presence of plant such as an EWP will impede the cutting and lowering of tree sections
  • plan emergency rescue plans, including aerial rescue procedures with everyone involved
  • use of plant to access high sections can reduce fatigue and dehydration
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