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ANSI Z Revision Overview
Radio communications shall be hands free. 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. 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 equipment shall be removed from service.
The following changes pertaining to climbers are relatively simple and straightforward.
Additionally, when using a winch in chipper operations, the operator shall ensure that the winch line is properly stored before initiating chipper operations. 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: The purpose of requiring a handsaw while aloft is make a strong suggestion for an alternative practice i.
For example, the climber is now required to have a hand saw available while working aloft, where previously it was only a recommendation.
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 that the actions of one worker will not create a hazard for any other worker. 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.
Use of vehicles and mobile equipment Chippers and winches received s133 lot of attention in the revisions. These are just a few of the revisions in the updated Z The following are a small selection of changes in the revision: When working with chipper winches, a winch line should not be wrapped around a load.
ANSI A300 and Z133 Standards for Tree Care Operations
Climbing The following changes pertaining to climbers are relatively simple and straightforward. Electrical hazards 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: 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.
Chippers and winches received a lot of attention in the revisions.
Radio communications between the qualified arborist and qualified crane operator shall be used during blind picks. To fully familiarize yourself with the revisions, we recommend picking up a copy, currently available in the TCIA Shop.
During winching operations of loads that do not have a manufactured attachment point, the load should be secured using a sling. The same now applies to aerial lift operators when pruning.
ANSI A and ANSI Z Standards for Arboriculture Operations
This is a sizeable expansion on the topic from the previous version, and specifically details the safety requirements of each of these tree worker positions. Although compliance with this standard is voluntary, Z carries the force of law in many instances amsi the U. For sagety, the use of chippers by arborists, mechanics and other workers includes the following clarification in the revision: This essentially means that if the truck is over-loaded on a tree job, the driver is responsible.
This revision provides the most current and comprehensive safety guidance for arborists in the United States.