When storms occur, downed trees can block public roads and damage power lines. Emergency crews are often sent out to clear downed trees and may face potential hazards including:
- Electrocution by contacting downed energized lines or contacting broken tree limbs in contact with fallen lines
- Falls from trees
- Being struck or crushed by falling tree limbs or ice
- Being injured by emergency equipment such as chain saws and chippers
Proper PPE should be worn by workers using chainsaws and chippers to clear downed trees. Proper PPE includes:
- Foot protection
- Eye protection
- Fall protection
- Hearing protection
- Head protection
Only appropriate power equipment that is built to be used outdoors and in wet conditions should be used. All saws, chippers, and other tools should be used properly and according to their intended application. It is important that all equipment is well-maintained and functioning correctly. In addition, all equipment should have proper guarding, working controls, and other safety features as installed by the manufacturer.
KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.