Inspection

2.0 - Planning

2.a - Has a suitable and sufficient recorded risk assessment been carried out?

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2.b - Do operators understand the risk assessment?

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2.c - Have the specified control measures been carried out?

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2.d - Does the risk assessment process include dealing with emergencies?

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2.e - Is there an opportunity for everyone on site to contribute to the site-specific risk assessment on the day of works?

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2.f - Are enough personnel present, including provision for rescue?

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2.g - Has enough time been allocated to allow the work to be carried out safely and without putting undue pressure on the operational team?

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2.h - Are wildlife considerations included as part of the site-specific risk assessment process?

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2.i - Are proactive biosecurity measures being implemented by the operational team?

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2.j Are all operators aware of the extent of the drop zone and the procedures in place for managing entry to it?

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2.k - Is a command-and-response-type communication procedure in place and being used effectively?

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3.0 - Work Quality

3.a - Can operators correctly interpret work specifications?

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3.b - Does the standard of work carried out by operators meet the specification and is it carried out in accordance with the instructing party’s requirements?

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3.c - Is there demonstrable evidence – such as site safety audits – to show operators are working in accordance with good practice?

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4.0 - Work Equipment

4.a - Is a suitable range of work equipment available for operators to use?

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4.b - Where practical, has equipment been selected to minimise risk to the operator?

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4.c - Is the equipment selected appropriate to the task to be carried out?

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4.d - Are operators adequately trained to use the equipment required for the task?

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5.0 - Inspection and Maintenance of Work Equipment

5.a - Is machinery free from defect and safe to operate?

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5.b - Are safety features present, intact and functioning?

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5.c - Has a suitable and sufficient inspection of machinery been carried out?

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5.d - Has maintenance been carried out in line with manufacturer’s guidance?

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6.0 - PPE Selection for Cutting Tools

6.a - Are operators wearing PPE appropriate to the equipment they are using?

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6.b - Is the PPE in use clearly labelled to show it has been manufactured to relevant
standards?

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6.c - Are operators carrying adequate first aid provision?

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6.d - Are suitable facilities for hand hygiene available?

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7.0 - Equipment Hauling

7.a - Has the climber adopted an approach that minimises the risk of accidental equipment
release?

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7.b - Is there clear communication between climber and ground staff when equipment is
being hauled?

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7.c - Is the drop zone clear during hauling?

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7.d - Is the equipment used for hauling suitable? Does it have sufficient safe working loads
for the lift and is it correctly configured?

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7.e - Is equipment secured prior to being released from the haul system?

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7.f - Do the methods for hauling equipment minimise strain on the operator?

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8.0 - Securing, Carrying and Storing Work Equipment while Working in the Tree

8.a - Are tool lanyards suitably rated and free from defect?

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8.b - Is equipment only attached to the operator’s harness via approved connection points?

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8.c - Has provision been made to allow the tool/equipment to be positioned high on the
operator’s harness?

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8.d - Are blades covered where appropriate?

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8.e - Is equipment secure to reduce the risk of accidental release?

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9.0 - Handling Tools in the Tree

9.a - Has the aerial operator implemented the risk hierarchy when using tools in the tree?

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9.b - Is the aerial operator’s position appropriate in relation to the cutting equipment
being used?

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9.c - Do operator handling and the fall protection system in use account for reactive forces
that may occur?

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9.d - Is the aerial operator employing suitable measures to prevent equipment being taken
with severed sections?

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10.0 - Chainsaw Use

10.a - Is machinery appropriately warmed up and checked before being sent up to the aerial operator?

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10.b - Are chainsaws started using correct techniques?

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10.c - Are top-handled chainsaws being used appropriately, i.e. is two-handed use the norm?

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10.d - If a chainsaw is used one-handed, is that justifiable?

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11.0 - Cutting Methods

11.a - Can an operator explain the cutting method they intend to use?

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11.b - Before they begin the task, has the operator fully considered the factors that will influence branch or section movement?

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11.c - Are the chosen cutting techniques appropriate?

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11.d - Will the operator maintain control over severed sections?

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12.0 - Trapped Cutting Equipment

12.a - Are aerial operators aware of the procedures for dealing with trapped cutting tools?

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12.b - Is a handsaw carried by the climber to assist with releasing trapped machinery?

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12.c - Can trapped machinery be dealt with safely and efficiently by the aerial operator?

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13.0 - Pull/Tag Lines

13.a - Is every tag line used:
a. subject to pre-use checks to confirm its condition is safe for use?

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13.a - Is every tag line used:
b. long enough for the intended task?

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13.a - Is every tag line used:
c. of an appropriate strength to ensure that it does not fail when used?

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13.b - Has the aerial operator securely attached the pull line?

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13.c - Are clear drop zones maintained throughout the duration of the task?

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14.0 - Tape Slings

14.a - Is a tape sling used in appropriate circumstances?

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14.b - Are slings:
a. subject to pre-use checks to confirm their condition is safe for use?

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14.b - Are slings:
b. designated for rigging applications?

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14.b - Are slings:
c. subject to loads only within their safe working load?

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Notes
Date of observations:

Location:

Observer’s name:

Signature:

Who is being observed?

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Actions:

Reference:

Actions completed date:

Confirmed by:

Signature:
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.