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Federal OSHA enacted its current Logging Operation standard in 1995, but few employers know it covers all activities of cutting down trees, regardless of the end use of the wood. Public works departments may be mostly cutting down storm-damaged wood, the most dangerous kind. Training for these workers should include:

  • understanding the OSHA standard and how it applies;

  • personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements;

  • chainsaw safety features and maintenance;

  • chain sharpening procedures;

  • hazard identification; and

  • proper felling techniques.

More specific training about felling techniques should be considered, including:

  • open-face directional felling;

  • bore cutting techniques;

  • using wedges in felling; and

  • limbing techniques.

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