- Get the right equipment
You must make sure that you carry the appropriate personal protective clothing with you when using a chainsaw. It is also necessary that you regularly check the safety devices of the equipment so that they are up to date. Also, bring a first aid kit, extra fuel and oil for your equipment.
And remember to always take a companion with you when working with chainsaws during tree removal. Always avoid working alone.
” We usually have a manager who assigns specific tasks to the team. Often there are also volunteers to help. It is important that all involved communicate correctly before the work begins, as it can be the chainsaw and if you wear hearing protection. ” Speights says.
- Work planning
When approaching the area affected by bad weather, always take time to assess the situation. Are there any downed cables or debris in the tree crowns? Are there live trees and uprooted trees? You shouldn’t work in the area before you have carefully seen what awaits you. Also, it is very important to plan an escape route, in case accidents happen.
” The only time you have to hurry during a clearing job is when you see a tree falling in your direction. Just then you need to leave the chainsaw and take the escape route ,” Speights says.
- Cutting in the presence of tension
One of the frequent challenges of weather removal work is the presence of fallen trees under tension. The tension can cause unexpected movement when cutting the tree, as the branches may suddenly reach out and injure you, hit your equipment, or move the trunk and jam you.
Speights explains how he cuts a tree that has fallen under tension:
” We begin by cutting all small branches to get a better view of the situation. So we take the greatest possible weight before cutting the branches under tension. We continue cutting slightly the part under tension so as to download a small amount, so slowly and in such a way controlled, we make another three or four small cuts until the tension is completely released. The important thing is to do everything slowly, step by step. “
For excessive tension: Opening from the under pressure side
A variant where you only saw from the inside of the arch (under pressure side). Make a cut similar to an open directional notch with a larger opening angle. Saw both sides a little at a time until the tension begins to release. Tension is released slowly when subjected to optimal control and direction. Pay attention to the tip of the guide bar to avoid kickback.