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Notes 1. Record compliance or non compliance. If item is not considered relevant, mark N?A and the reason for this 2. This audit covers levels 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. Where a person does not have a higher level qualification, mark the relevant sections as N/A


  • 4.3 If warm, staert chainsaw either on ground or between legs

  • 4.4 Maintain limits of approach where relevant

  • 4.5 Good balance, stance

  • 4.6 Correct thumb position

  • 4.7 Surrounding area clear of hazards

  • 4.8 Correct use of chain brake

  • 4.9 Cut uphill of timber when on steep terrain

  • 4.10 Never cut above shoulder

5. PRUNING (as per AS4373 pruning of amenity trees)

  • 5.1 Aware of the relevant Australian strandard

  • 5.2 Use appropriate technique eg Three Cut Method

  • 5.3 Ensure correct identification of<br>- Collars<br>- Branch Bark Risge (BBR)<br>- Stem Branch Ridge (SBR)

  • 5.4 Use correct angled method

  • 5.5 Never flush cut

  • 5.6 Never leave stubs

  • 5.7 Never damage collars


  • 6.1 Clearances achieved

  • 6.2 Cuts correct

  • 6.3 Directional pruning achieved

  • 1.1 Additional personnel procedure followed for auditor

  • 6.4 Try to achieve a well balanced canopy


  • 7.1 Identify compression and tension in the timber

  • 7.2 Dogs up against wood

  • 7.3 Cut a peak revs


  • 8.1 Chainsaw has sufficient fuel to complete task

  • 8.2 Rigging and felling equipment in good condition

  • 8.3 Determine safe direction of fall clear of obstacles and powerlines

  • 8.4 Carry out visual tree assessment (VTA)

  • 8.5 Complete hazard assessment of tree surround and weather conditions eg wind

  • 8.6 If tree unsafe to fell leave for de-crowning

  • 8.7 Attach pull rope and anchor rope if required

  • 8.8 Pull rope is placed in the correct position in the tree (approx 2/3 to 3/4 height)

  • 8.9 Anchor rope is in correct position (at 90 degree to conductors and 2/3 height)

  • 8.10 Determine controls required for security of site

  • 8.11 2 x tree exclusion zone eg signage/observers

  • 8.12 Work area around tree is clear of debris

  • 8.13 Faller has two clear and safe escape routes at 45 degrees away from opposite direction of fall

  • 8.14 Communication method agreed with observer


  • 9.1 Clean cut extending 1/4 to 1/3 into diameter of trunk

  • 9.2 Scarf opening between 45 degrees and 90 degrees

  • 9.3 Top and bottom scarf cuts meet cleanly without overcutting

  • 9.4 Scarf in line with intended direction of fall (use falling sights)

  • 1.2 Chainsaw qualificationsheld. Write in level of qualification.<br>Note this will determine which sections of the audit are relevant


  • 10.1 Level with appropriate step

  • 10.2 Hinge wood minimum width 10% diameter

  • 10.3 Hinge wood distribution is appropriate for felling operation

  • 1.3 Operator familiar with HAC powered hand held equipment and HAC fuelling

  • 1.4 Operator aware that all incidents to be reported to supervisor

  • 1.5 Plant safety checklist completed fully and appropriately

  • 1.6 Woksite risk assessment completed fully and appropriately

  • 1.7 Person in charge of site known by operator. Write in name

  • 1.8 Fuels and oils to be kept in clearly marked containers

  • 1.9 Chainsaw to be fuelled in clear surroundings

  • 1.10 Warm up and stretching completed before commencing work

2. PPE (refer to minimum requirements in Crew Manual)

  • 2.1 PPE available and being worn

  • 2.2 Hearing Protection<br>- Individual issue<br>- Plugs to be used only once<br>- Ear muffs to be regularly inspected including inside cushion<br>- Ear muffs structurally sound<br>- Ear muffs should be HD (chainsaw and chipper)

  • 2.3 Hard hats in date ie 2 years from date of issue

  • 2.4 Steel capped boots - no steel showing

  • 2.5 Safety glasses labelled with AS/NZS 1337

  • 2.6 Chainsaw pants/chaps - no cuts

  • 2.7 All other PPE in good condition


  • 3.1 Maintained and in good condition

  • 3.2 Safety devices are operational

  • 3.3 Cutting chain is sharp and tensioned correctly


  • 4.1 Inspect chainsaw prior to starting

  • 4.2 Start chainsaw on ground when cold

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