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 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?
- Use safety procedures for:
- Safe lifting
- Selection, use, maintenance and storage of PPE
- Working with pesticides and other substances
- Using chainsaws and other tools or equipment
- Follow company safety rules.
- Learn about chemical safety, WHMIS and MSDSs.
- Know how to report a hazard.
- Follow good housekeeping procedures.
Where can I get more information?
General information is available in OSH Answers or through the CCOHS person-to-person Inquiries Service.
Document last updated on July 12, 2004
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