5.1. Wildland Fire Equipment Copy – copy

Natasha Birsa

Hand Tools

  • Wear appropriate PPE
  • Maintain adequate separation between workers, (minimum 3m with hand tools, minimum 2 tree lengths with tree felling operations)
  • Carry hand tools at waist height and on downhill side
  • All cutting edges to be maintained sharp Inspect tools before use
  • Repair/replace damaged tools, loose heads, cracked handles etc
  • Use tool for it’s intended purpose only
  • Do not engage in horseplay with hand tools
  • Do not carve wooden tool handles
  • Do not damage vegetation unnecessarily
  • Do not leave your hand tool lying around, maintain control of it