Work Day Orientation
- Always bring the first aid kit (green backpack) to work days.
- Gather the entire group and make sure what you are working on and where you are working is clear.
- Review safety practices every time.
- Make sure tools are in good shape and everyone has the appropriate protective equipment for the tool(s) they are using.
- If workers will be dispersed out of sight of each other, distribute the work day leader’s mobile phone number so they can be contacted in an emergency.
- Make a note of the nearest trail entrance for emergency vehicles.
- Mark the work area with cautionary signs or cones so trail users are aware that volunteer workers are in the area.
During the Work
- Remain aware of others around you, both volunteers and trail users.
- Keep an area of safety around you when using loppers, saws, etc., which you are sure is clear of others. The safety zone should be as large as the combined length of your arm and tool.
- Check your footing. Look out for vines, rocks, and slippery soil. We have lots of areas of slippery clay on our trails.
- Before cutting a branch, think about where it will fall (don’t stand underneath it!) and where cut ends may snap to.
- Try to cut branches where they grow from the larger branch, to prevent leaving exposed stubs. If it is necessary to leave a stub, make sure it is cut straight across, not at an angle leaving a pointed end.
- Do not leave cut ends close to the trail where they could be a danger to runners and bikers.
- Keep an eye out for poison ivy. Here is a useful site about recognizing poison ivy. If you have been in an area where you believe you may have encountered poison ivy, ask for Poison Ivy scrub from the first aid kit and be sure to shower well when you get home.
- When you put aside a tool you are not using, make sure it is off the trail, not in the way of people who may walk or bike past.
- Keep in sight of other workers, or make sure someone knows where you are planning to work. Don’t wander off.
- Always wear the appropriate safety equipment for the tool you are using.