Tree Planting

Tree PlantingWhat is tree planting?

Each year in Canada some 500 million trees are planted to establish new forests to replace the ones that have been cut down to make lumber and paper products.

The demanding physical work of tree planting presents a variety of hazards and, as this work is often done by young and inexperienced workers with little or no supervision and adequate training, the chance of workers experiencing illnesses, injuries or even dying is significant. Low productivity and injury claims can have an adverse effect on quality and the bottom line.

You, as an employer, can help your workers perform the task of tree planting safely be implementing and upholding an effective health and safety program that offers proper job orientations and preventative training.

What the law says

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act employers are required to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from hazards and to have competent supervisors making sure that the workers understand the safe way of doing the work. Workers must use personal protective equipment required by the employer and that safe work procedures are followed.

The affects of tree planting

Potential hazards of tree planting include:

  • Musculoskeletal and repetitive strain disorders
  • Exposure to the sun and extreme heat or cold
  • Exposure to insects and wild life
  • Uneven terrain which can lead to slips and falls
  • Incidents in motor vehicles that were intended for pavement use, not rough and remove surfaces
  • Lack of proper supervision and training
  • Working alone
  • Living in close quarters in wilderness bush camps

What you can do

Implement a health and safety program that includes:

  • Employee and supervisor training
  • Inspections and monitoring
  • Incident and accident investigation techniques
  • Hazard identification and control methods
  • Emergency response preparedness
  • Pre-season physical preparation for workers
  • Improved tool design

Contact your health and safety association for assistance in developing a new health and safety program or for advice on improving the program you currently have in place.

Downloads

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices

The Arborist Safe Work Practices (ASWP) contain arboricultural safety requirements for planting, pruning, repairing, maintaining and removing woody plants, cutting brush and for using equipment in such operations, outside of the Construction or Industrial Legislated Limits of Approach to energized electrical apparatus.
2190 KB PDF
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

This guideline will help you understand symptoms, risk factors, and common myths as well as offering some practical information on prevention strategies.
256 KB pdf

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.