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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
- Collars
- Branch Bark Risge (BBR)
- 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.
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
- Individual issue
- Plugs to be used only once
- Ear muffs to be regularly inspected including inside cushion
- Ear muffs structurally sound
- 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

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.