Tree Planter

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What does a tree planter do?

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

  • Clear brush.
  • Climb over stumps, slash, and other obstacles.
  • Carry and plant trees using manual tools.
  • Feed machines manually.
  • Prepare a site for planting.
  • Use proper techniques for handling seedlings
  • 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?

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

What are some preventive measures for tree planters?

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  • Learn safe lifting procedures.
  • Select appropriate tools for the task.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task.
  • Wear appropriate footwear.
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the hot and cold weather.
  • 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.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks and other insects such as mosquitos, horseflies, black flies, or gnats.
  • Carry a first aid kit, as well as an epi-pen if you are allergic to bees, wasps, and hornet stings or have other allergies.

What are some good general safe work practices?

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  • Fact sheet last revised: 2020-10-22