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PDFWAC 296-54-53930

Falling and buckingDanger trees.

(1) Each danger tree must be carefully checked for signs of loose bark, broken branches and limbs, or other damage before they are fell or removed. Accessible loose bark and other damage that may create a hazard for an employee must be removed or held in place before falling or removing the tree. When a danger tree has elevated loose bark that cannot be removed, the buddy system must be used to watch for and give warning of falling bark or other hazards.
(2) Danger trees that are unsafe to cut must be blown down with explosives or fell by other safe methods.
(3) To avoid use of wedges, which might dislodge loose bark or other material, danger trees should be fell in the direction of lean unless other means (mechanical or dynamite) are used.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, and chapter 49.17 RCW. WSR 17-17-131, § 296-54-53930, filed 8/22/17, effective 10/22/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040 and [49.17].050. WSR 99-17-117, § 296-54-53930, filed 8/18/99, effective 12/1/99.]
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