OSH Answers Fact Sheets

Easy-to-read, question-and-answer fact sheets covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, from hazards to diseases to ergonomics to workplace promotion. MORE ABOUT >

Search all fact sheets:

Type a word, a phrase, or ask a question

Tree Planter

What does a tree planter do?

Tree planters and other forestry workers perform physically demanding work. Some of their main duties are to:

  • Clear brush.
  • Carry and plant trees using manual tools.
  • Feed machines manually.
  • Prepare a site for planting.
  • Use, clean, and maintain various equipment.
  • Work with chemicals for plant growth, or for weed and pest control.
  • Supervise other workers.

What are some health and safety issues for tree planters?

Tree planters face a variety of physical, biological, chemical, ergonomic and safety hazards. These include:


What are some preventive measures for tree planters?

  • Learn safe lifting procedures.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task.
  • Wear appropriate footwear.
  • Avoid awkward postures and repetitive manual tasks, or take frequent breaks.
  • In the warmer months, cover up for protection from sun, heat and insects.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • In vehicles, always wear a seatbelt.

What are some good general safe work practices?

Document last updated on July 23, 2014

Disclaimer

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information, CCOHS does not guarantee, warrant, represent or undertake that the information provided is correct, accurate or current. CCOHS is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.