WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert highlighting the importance of maintaining a no-go zone and effective communication when felling trees and branches.
The alert was issue following an incident in which a farm worker was struck and killed by a falling tree.
The incident occurred while he was helping a farmer cut down trees and create a burn pile. The farmer had not seen the incident and discovered the deceased within the work zone.
WorkSafe Victoria wants to raise awareness of safety issues involving:
· tree and branch felling hazards
· methods of communication (e.g. handheld radios)
· lines of sight for machine (e.g. chainsaws) operators
· lack of training or awareness of risks
The alert said there are a number of recommended ways to control risks, and observed that tree felling can be a hazardous activity.
As such, employers need to provide systems of work that ensure safety, including:
· removing people from the potential tree felling zone (at least a distance of 1.5 lengths from the hazardous tree)
· keeping people at least a distance of two crown widths from trees when broken limbs are visible
· keeping all people within the line of sight of machine operators, or within designated safe areas
· utilising appropriate communication methods to confirm safety and tree clearances
keeping other workers, bystanders and children away from the work area
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