Contact with hand tools
Slips, trips and falls
Falling debris and branches
Unexpected movement when cutting timber under tension/compression
Presence of man-made detritus, e.g. broken bottles, barbed wire
Tools: See “General Conservation Activities” risk assessment
Slips, trips and falls: See “General Conservation Activities” risk assessment
Wear goggles to prevent eye injuries from protruding branches and branches under tension.
Demonstrate felling techniques emphasising importance of maintaining clear escape route and the meaning dangers of ‘kickback’.
Volunteers recommended to wear hard hats.
Place warning signs at entry points and ensure visitors are kept away from main work area.
Check for broken glass, barbed wire, etc. and clear from work area
Ensure sufficient space available between volunteers – greater than height of any trees to be felled.
Cut back branches and other vegetation to give clear access and good visibility.
Check ground for thorns or other sharp objects before kneeling.
Clear brash regularly to reduce trip hazards.
Wear gloves (preferably hedging gloves) when handling thorny material.
Remove the thorns of blackthorn immediately and seek medical attention if wound becomes infected.
Take frequent breaks when undertaking heavy or repetitive tasks such as when hammering or using slasher or strimmer, or alternate with other (lighter) task to reduce risk of strains and injuries associated with vibration and repetitive movement.
Avoid working near power lines and other overhead cables.
If tree caught in overhead cables do not touch, call responsible authority immediately.