Module 3 — Stand level components
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Worker safety recommendations

iconWhat other worker safety recommendations can you add to this list?
 

Here are five worker safety recommendations:

  1. Suspect dangerous trees can only be retained during harvesting operations if they are one of the following:
  • Assessed as safe for the given level of disturbance (e.g., the work operation which is about to occur)
  • Located along the block boundary and are leaning away from or cannot reach the work area
  • Surrounded by a live tree buffer of sufficient size and width such that no standing dead trees or any part thereof will reach the work area
  1. The safest way to retain suspect trees in any silvicultural system application is to locate them within a wildlife tree patch, thereby buffering the work area.
  • Standing dead tree height and size of the adjacent green timber will determine the shape and width of the green tree safety buffer (called a no-work zone) that may be required to protect workers during harvesting activities (see Figure 10). 
  1. No worker shall enter a no-work zone (the safety buffer area surrounding a designated wildlife tree) except to remove other specific hazards that can reach the work area. 

icon How will these factors influence the planning and designing of patches?

 
  1. Other factors such as slope, wind exposure, type of harvesting and yarding equipment, and the desired silvicultural system must also be considered when planning and designing wildlife tree patches that can function as safe buffer areas around standing dead trees.

  2. When individual trees (including vets, seed trees, residuals and advance regeneration) are retained in the block where cable yarding is used, caution must be observed that these not interfere with the mainline or haulback.

     
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