Conduct mechanically assisted tree falling operations

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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for treepushing or pulling

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to conducting mechanically assisted tree falling operations are identified and followed

1.2. Work plan is reviewed and checked with appropriate personnel

1.3. Type and quantity of trees to be pushed or pulled are identified and assessed for safe working conditions

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer's recommendations

1.5. Tree pushing or pulling activities are planned in line with site procedures, taking into consideration environmental requirements where it is safe to do so

1.6. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Assess and plan tree pushing or pulling

2.1. Environmental conditions are assessed and used to plan the felling of each tree

2.2. Movement and whereabouts of other personnel is monitored and work modified to be in line with OHS regulations

2.3. Tree, location and stability are assessed for conditions likely to affect safety of tree pushing or pulling activities

2.4. Tree is visually assessed for defects, grade and recovery status

2.5. Growth around tree and escape route is selected and cleared either manually or mechanically

2.6. Fall direction and allowable degree of error are assessed, considering hang ups, damage and extraction constraints

2.7. Cutting sequence is planned to control direction of the fall and minimise damage to the tree and surrounding environment and communicated to other personnel

2.8. Trees too dangerous to be felled safely are marked and referred to appropriate personnel

3. Push or pull trees

3.1. Pre start-up checks are carried out on equipment in line with site requirements

3.2. Leaders are removed and cleared in line with the tree pushing or pulling plan

3.3. Unexpected characteristics of a tree are diagnosed and planning is reviewed

3.4. Winches or cables or machinery are secured and tensioned and scarf cut made in line with planned falling direction and OHS requirements

3.5. Appropriate cuts are made to assist the fall angle of the tree and should be placed below the scarf cut

3.6. Falling is completed once initiated and planned escape route used once the tree begins to fall

3.7. Movement of the tree on the ground is monitored until stable and trees which hang up are flagged and cleared immediately

3.8. Tree pushing or pulling process and equipment faults are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

4. Conduct operator maintenance

4.1. Equipment lock-out procedures are followed in line with OHS legislation and site procedures

4.2. Chain is checked for blunt or damaged condition

4.3. Chain and other components are removed, sharpened, maintained, adjusted and replaced in line with manufacturer's recommendations

4.4. Tree pushing or pulling equipment is checked for operation and serviced

4.5. Chainsaw set-up is assessed and adjusted to suit cutting conditions

4.6. Chainsaw is kept in operational condition and checked to ensure it meets relevant standards prior to use

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPIHAR3213B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI30205 - Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage