Extraction by cable crane
This leaflet covers the use of cable crane systems for the extraction of whole trees, poles or shortwood to the roadside.
Extraction by skidder
This leaflet covers the use of a wire, rope, hydratong or clambunk skidder for timber extraction in forestry and other tree work.
Extraction by forwarder
This leaflet covers the use of a tractor and trailer unit fitted with a grapple loader or a purpose-built forwarder for extraction of timber in forestry and other tree work.
March 2018 - This Safety Guide has been ‘partially’ updated to reflect the new ‘stack heights’ guidance. 503 will be further updated to the new style towards the end of 2018.
Tractor units in tree work
This leaflet covers driving tractor base units in forestry operations and other tree work and highlights the machine features and operating requirements.
Use of winches in directional felling and takedown
This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be followed when using either a tractor or hand winch as an aid to directional felling and takedown operations in forestry and tree work.
Chainsaw felling of large trees
This leaflet covers the felling and crown breakdown of large trees in plantations or of single large trees. It does not cover exceptional situations where the risk assessment shows advanced or alternative felling techniques, beyond those normally applied to large trees, are required. In such circumstances, seek specialist advice and agree safe methods of working.
Chainsaw cross-cutting and manual stacking
This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be used when cross-cutting and stacking timber. For guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), the machine, preparing to work, maintenance,fuelling and starting procedures see FISA leaflet 301 Using petrol driven chainsaws.
Chainsaw clearance of windblow
This leaflet applies to the manual harvesting of areas where the majority of adjacent trees have been windblown or broken and also to sporadic windblow, within or outside standing crops. Mechanised systems should be considered as a safer alternative.
This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be used whenremoving the branches of conifers and small hardwoods. For guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), the machine,preparing to work, maintenance, fuelling and starting procedures see FISA leaflet 301 Using petroldriven chainsaws.
Basic chainsaw felling and manual takedown
This guide contains industry agreed safe working practices which should be followed when using a chainsaw to fell and take down trees.
Updated June 2018.