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ANSI A300 and Z133 Standards for Tree Care Operations
Chippers and winches received a lot of attention in the revisions. The same now applies to aerial lift operators when pruning.
The following are a small selection of changes in the revision: This revision provides the most current and comprehensive safety guidance for arborists in the United States. As for other equipment, the revision restates that equipment must be inspected before use, but goes further to suggest that if an inspection reveals a defect that could affect the safe operation of the equipment, the standad shall be removed from service.
ANSI Z Revision Overview
Use of vehicles and mobile equipment Chippers and winches received a lot of attention in the revisions. Electrical hazards One of the most notable changes is in section 4 — Electrical Hazards — specifically the expansion of the safett for working in proximity to electrical hazards to recognize three levels of qualification: Also important to note, the wheel chock guideline previously stated that wheel chocks need to be set before using an aerial device — the new standard specifies two wheel chocks.
Radio communications shall be hands free. The following changes pertaining to climbers are relatively simple and straightforward. Climbing The following changes pertaining to climbers are relatively simple and straightforward. If maintenance is needed, all moving parts shall come to a complete stop and keys shall be removed from the ignition and pocketed by the authorized person before proceeding.
One of the most notable changes is in section 4 — Electrical Hazards — specifically the expansion of the rules for working in proximity to electrical hazards to recognize three levels of qualification: This is a sizeable expansion on the shandard from the previous version, and specifically details the safety requirements of each of these tree worker positions.
For example, the climber is now required to have a hand saw available while working aloft, where previously it was only a recommendation. During winching operations of loads that do not have a manufactured attachment point, z313 load should be secured using a sling.
Although compliance with this standard sarety voluntary, Z carries the force of law in many instances in the U. These are just a few of the revisions in the updated Z When more than one worker is involved in limbing, bucking and moving debris from a tree, each shall be positioned and their duties organized so stanndard the actions of one worker will not create a hazard for any other worker.
The purpose of requiring a handsaw while aloft is make a strong suggestion for an alternative practice i. Additionally, when using a winch in chipper operations, the operator shall ensure that the winch line is properly stored before initiating chipper operations.
ANSI A and ANSI Z Standards for Arboriculture Operations
The expansion on this requirement clarifies that only one worker shall be cutting a single tree or single tree part during the limbing and bucking process. For instance, the use of chippers by arborists, mechanics and other workers includes the following clarification in the revision: To fully familiarize yourself with the revisions, we recommend picking up a copy, currently available in the TCIA Shop.
This essentially means that if the truck is over-loaded on a tree job, the driver is responsible. Radio communications between the qualified arborist and qualified crane operator shall be used during blind picks.
When working with chipper winches, a winch line should not be wrapped around a load.