6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
10-15.6.1 Before felling trees, inspect tools to be used (such as ropes, tackle, ladders,
and chain saws) to ensure they are in proper condition.
10-15.6.2 Place signs warning pedestrian and vehicular traffic of the danger from work
being performed. Station flagmen if necessary.
10-15.6.3 Inspect each tree for obstructions (conductors and fences) in the line of fall.
Deenergize nearby conductors, if possible.
10-15.6.4 Trees greater than 25 ft (7.6 m) tall and greater than a 8 in (203 mm) trunk
diameter must have ropes attached before felling. The ropes can be used to guide the
tree as it falls.
10-15.6.5 Always have a clear a path of retreat when felling a tree.
Power Trimming Equipment.
10-15.7.1 Chain-saw operators must be familiar with and follow the manufacturer's
10-15.7.2 Carefully inspect chain saws prior to each use. Chain saws must be clean
and sharp, and in sound mechanical condition with all guards, spark arresters, mufflers,
handles, and other items properly installed and adjusted.
10-15.7.3 Permit only workers trained in chain saw operation to perform the work.
10-15.7.4 Clear away brush or other material that might interfere with cutting operations
before starting to cut.
10-15.7.5 Wear appropriate personal protective equipment when operating the chain
saw. Eye, ear, hand, foot, and leg protection are minimum requirements.
10-15.7.6 Never operate a chain saw when physically tired or under the influence of
10-15.7.7 Do not store fuel near flammable materials. Fuel for chain saws must be
stored in approved, vented containers clearly marked to show the contents.
10-15.7.8 Do not start the chain saw within 10 ft (3 m) of a fuel container.
10-15.7.9 Do not fuel the chain saw with it running or hot, or with open flame nearby.