Tree felling

Tree felling - Giant Redwood tree felled in USA (1890)

When men were men but saws were S-A-W-S!

The first consideration when tree felling must be safety.

The safety of others in the site and yourself as well as the surrounding area must be considered.

Take pride in doing a neat and safe job when tree felling. Carefully follow the helpful hints on this page to ensure your trees fall safely exactly where and when you wish. Don’t attempt to cut big trees until you have practised on smaller, thinner trunks. With experience, you will be a safe worker, confident in doing a good job.

Afterwards, trim the branches from the felled trunk, cut up the logs and remove to storage/disposal. Clear up afterwards and don’t leave an untidy looking stump.

Our Insurance Policy states that the maximum acceptable diameter of the trunk of trees to be felled is 15cm (6″), at knee level. The maximum acceptable height is 6m (20 feet).

  • Have you the right tools for the job?
  • Check for obstacles to felling, particularly other trees, overhead cables and fences.
  • Check that other people stay at a safe distance at all times while felling is taking place.
  • Make sure that you and others know the danger areas and that your safe exit path is clear.

felling danger areas and safe escape route

The Danger Zone at the rear of the tree (about where you or a helper might stand) is because some trees ‘kick’ back and the butt shoots up. Keep well away.

Also see more information on felling.

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