Falling trees by hand requires highly specialized skills and a commitment to working safely every day. Fallers need to be aware of physical hazards, the dangers of fatigue and stress and the exacting requirements of meeting production demands.
It’s not for everyone, but for those who are up to the challenge, it is a rewarding and satisfying profession.
In British Columbia, all manual tree fallers in forestry operations must be trained and certified. A forestry operation is generally viewed as any business where money is earned for tree removal and/or harvest by falling and bucking.
In addition to ongoing faller certification and to support industry in reducing serious injuries and fatalities, we offer the following in-field services:
Complete the Application For Falling Safety Advocate Assistance form and/or contact the Falling department for more information
Our program initiatives are designed to keep fallers safe. We rely on the Falling Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) to help guide the program. FTAC is the Falling Technical Advisory Committee and consists of up to 28 Industry members from all around the province. Membership is primarily Certified Fallers who represent Falling Supervisors, QS/Ts, small contractors, large contractors, major licensees, the United Steelworkers, Associations, Arborists, Silviculture, BC Wildfire Service, and WorkSafeBC . The group has committed to meeting 4 times a year to move key initiatives forward quickly. Their work is voluntary.
We also conduct Falling Supervisor Certification assessments as part of the program. The Coast Harvesting Advisory Group, with membership from BC Timber Sales, Interfor, Island Timberlands, TimberWest, Truck Loggers Association, Western Forest Products Inc. and the United Steelworkers has made a commitment to increase supervision by requiring crews conducting falling activities to have a certified falling supervisor by December 31, 2014. Significant efforts have been made to align the process for the needs of the interior as well.
Key initiatives in the falling work plan this year are: