Checklist for Tree Length and Trail-cut Operations

 

Inspection Items

Legislation

Y*

N*

Corrective Action / Comments

Date

Act

Reg.*

 

 

 

Supervision

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a responsible person on site?

 

G* 344 (a)

 

 

 

Are they aware of their responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation 91-191?

9 (1)

 

 

 

 

Do they inspect the workers for PPE and proper work techniques?

 

 

 

 

 

Do they have effective training?

9 (2) (c)

 

 

 

 

Do they check the site before leaving for solitary workers?

 

 

 

 

 

Are they actively promoting good work habits and behavior?

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

Hard hats

 

G 40 (2)

 

 

 

Eye protection

 

G 39

 

 

 

Hearing protection

 

G 48 (1)

 

 

 

Hand protection

 

G 43 (1)

 

 

 

Leg protection, i.e. chainsaw pants

 

G 346 (b)

 

 

 

Foot protection with chainsaw resistant materials

 

G 346 (a)

 

 

 

Felling aids, i.e. wedges, levers

 

G* 354 (2) (b)

 

 

 

First aid supplies and pressure bandages

 

G 351 (2)

 

 

 

Evacuation Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Are all workers familiar with the plan?

 

G 344 (b)

 

 

 

Is there two-way communication nearby?

 

 

 

 

 

Can all workers give concise directions to the worksite?

 

 

 

 

 

Trained first aiders on site?

 

G 12 (6)

 

 

 

If so, do you know where they are located?

 

 

 

 

 

First aid kit available

 

G 12 (1)

 

 

 

Vehicle that can be used in the event of an emergency

 

 

 

 

 

Access road in reasonable condition

 

G 360 (2)

 

 

 

Work Technique

 

 

 

 

 

Are persons working alone with a chainsaw?

 

G 351 (1)

 

 

 

Are proper knotching and felling techniques being used?

 

G 354 (2) (a)

 

 

 

Is the work well organized, good felling pattern?

 

 

 

 

 

Are approved felling aids being used? Not push poles.

 

G 354 (2) (b)

 

 

 

Does a safe working distance exist between workers?

 

G 353 (1) (c)

 

 

 

Are workers not too far away from emergency help?

 

 

 

 

 

Are maximum walking distances to the worksite respected?

 

G* 360 (3)

 

 

 

Are danger trees present?

 

G 353 (1) (a)

 

 

 

Does a chicot policy exist?

 

 

 

 

 

Are cutters removing danger trees before working an area?

 

G 353 (1) (a)

 

 

 

Are hung-up trees removed properly?

 

G 354 (3)

 

 

 

Are workers looking up for overhead hazards before cutting?

 

 

 

 

 

Are partially cut or hung-up trees tolerated?

 

 

 

 

 

Are proper limbing techniques used?

 

G 355 (1)

 

 

 

Are proper bucking techniques being used?

 

G 356 (1)

 

 

 

Topping of tree no backhanders?

 

G 355 (2) (c)

 

 

 

No domino felling, striking a hung-up tree with a green tree?

 

G 354 (3) (b)

 

 

 

Chainsaws

 

 

 

 

 

Brake functioning properly

 

G 348 (2) (b)

 

 

 

Chain sharpened properly

 

G 348 (2) (a)

 

 

 

Throttle and trigger system working well

 

G 348 (2) (c)

 

 

 

Chain properly tensioned

 

 

 

 

 

Chain catcher present

 

G 348 (2) (c)

 

 

 

Mufler and spark arrestor adequate

 

G 348 (2) (c)

 

 

 

Shock absorbers intact

 

G 348 (2) (c)

 

 

 

Does the operator hold the saw with a good grip?

 

G* 349 (g)

 

 

 

Are approved saw starting methods used?

 

G 349 (e)

 

 

 

Is fire suppression equipment present (ansul pack, etc.)?

 

G 351 (2) (a)

 

 

 

Skidders

 

 

 

 

 

Brakes working properly

 

G 224 (c)

 

 

 

Screening and doors in place

 

G 225

 

 

 

Three Point Contact

 

G 224 (k)

 

 

 

ABC fire extinguisher present

 

 

 

 

 

Exhaust system working properly

 

 

 

 

 

Tire chains tight

 

G 357 (3) (d)

 

 

 

Cab free of loose articles

 

G 228 (e) (f)

 

 

 

Does the operator have loose fitting or hazardous clothing?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the machine in good mechanical condition, no leaks, cracks, etc.?

 

 

 

 

 

Work Techniques Skidders

 

 

 

 

 

Does good communication exist between the cutter and machine operator (good eye contact and hand signals)?

 

G 357 (3)

 

 

 

Is there a safe distance between the machine and cutters (40m?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the machine operator aware of all workers in the operating area?

 

 

 

 

 

Is all winching done from the seat?

 

G 357 (3) (c)

 

 

 

Is proper straight line winching used?

 

 

 

 

 

Is up and down hill travel in a straight line and vertical?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the operator using proper parking method (on level ground, with hand brake applied and blade down)?

 

G* 357 (3) (e)

 

 

 

Is the machine boosted properly in cold weather?

 

 

 

 

 

Are the cables and chokers in good condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Does the operator travel at a safe speed with a proper load size?

 

 

 

 

 

Is a daily circle check done on the machine?

 

 

 

 

 

Are there riders on the machine?

 

G 228 (a)

 

 

 

Porters

 

 

 

 

 

Brakes working properly

 

G 224 (c)

 

 

 

Screening and doors in place

 

G 225

 

 

 

Three Point Contact

 

G 224 (k)

 

 

 

ABC fire extinguisher present

 

 

 

 

 

Exhaust system working properly

 

 

 

 

 

Tire chains tight

 

G 357 (3) (d)

 

 

 

Cab free of loose articles

 

G 228 (e) (f)

 

 

 

Does the operator have loose fitting or hazardous clothing?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the machine checked daily for cracks, leaks, etc.?

 

 

 

 

 

Are there riders on or in the machine?

 

G 228 (a)