Checklist for Thinning Saw Inspections


Inspection Items




Corrective Action / Comments







Adequate first aid kit on site (i.e. extra pressure bandages)


G* 12 (1)




Qualified first aid attendant on site


G 12 (6)




Thinning saw operator has hard hat, eye protection, ear protection, safety boots


G 40 (2),

G 39, G 41 (2)




Thinning saw has adequate blade guard (i.e. guards to be replaced after corners are broken back more than 1


G 350 (b)




Check saw blade for cracks (i.e. if the blade has a nice ring to it when you snap it, it is a good indication there are no cracks)


G 350 (e)




Check overall condition the saw is in (i.e. shut-off is working, handle bars are good and secure)


G 350




Check condition the saw harness is in (emergency release is working, snap for holding saw on the harness is working making a secure closure so the saw cannot come off the harness while being operated)


G 350 (h)




Check that there is a trail between every two cutters, with the brush felled out of it, the length of the strips


G 350 (c)




Make sure that the cutters strips run no more than 2000 from where they can take a vehicle


G* 360 (3)




Check with the foreman to see if he know if any of his cutters are allergic to bee stings, and if so, what precautions are in place (i.e. bee sting kit and who know how it use it)






Find out from the foreman and the cutters what their policy is in dealing with dead trees


G 353 (1) (a)




Check with foreman that no one is working alone (i.e. one person does not stay and continue to work after every one else has gone home)


G 351 (1)




Check that cutters are maintaining a mimimum 10m distance from any other person while operating the saw


G 350 (c)




Check for emergency evacuation plan


G 344 (b)




When driving to the worksite, observe road conditions, bridges, culverts


G 360 (1) - 363