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Unit of competency details

PUASES003 - Stabilise and remove trees during emergency incidents (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Dec/2020


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050501 Forestry Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050501 Forestry Studies  09/Feb/2021 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1.0  This is the first release of this unit of competency in the PUA Public Safety Training Package.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely remove or stabilise trees when they have been affected by an emergency incident. It applies to trees that have been impacted by an emergency incident which present an unacceptable risk to residents, emergency personnel, utilities, the environment and/or structures.

Tree removal can be undertaken using chainsaws and/or hand tools during emergency incidents. In removing trees, it is essential that safe systems of work to eliminate or minimise risk are implemented. Tree felling licensing and/or certification requirements may apply in some jurisdictions.

The unit is applicable to emergency services personnel and volunteers who are required, under the direction of a crew leader, to remove trees that are no longer safe. It includes establishing operational management of work zones, determining the order of tree removal, removing trees and concluding tree removal operations.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

PUASES002 Develop work plan for tree stabilisation and removal

Competency Field

SES

Unit Sector

SES

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 

Establish operational management of work zone 

1.1 

Confirm adherence to work zones identified in work plan

1.2 

Verify entry and exit routes for work zone where tree removal operations will take place

1.3 

Brief crew members on plan of attack for chain saw and/or hand tool operations

1.4 

Review communication methods and tools including hand signals to be used in the work zone

1.5 

Ensure safety and evacuation plan for injured personnel is established

1.6 

Ensure personal protective clothing and equipment is used, in accordance with organisational procedures

1.7 

Crew members are asked to confirm their capability for tree removal tasks

1.8 

Check and maintain equipment, including chainsaw, in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations

2 

Prepare to commence cutting plan 

2.1 

Assess requirements for additional equipment and tools

2.2 

Assess each tree to determine the order for stabilisation and/or removal work

2.3 

Stabilise trees, as required

2.4 

Develop plan for a sequence of cuts for tree removal

2.5 

Review compression forces at the location of the proposed cuts

2.6 

Determine effects and consequences of proposed cuts

2.7 

Make adjustments to the cutting plan, as required

3 

Remove trees 

3.1 

Implement cutting plan, in accordance with organisational procedures

3.2 

Undertake dynamic and ongoing risk assessment, in accordance with organisational procedures, throughout cutting activities

3.3 

Communicate changes to cutting activities to crew members within the work zone

3.4 

Make adjustments to the cutting and safety plan, as required

3.5 

Monitor hydration and fatigue level, in accordance with organisational procedures

3.6 

Monitor tree operations equipment and personal safety, in accordance with organisational procedures

3.7 

Clear working area for tree removal operations of debris, in accordance with organisational procedures

3.8 

Review environmental hazards and risk control measures, as required

4 

Conclude tree removal operations 

4.1 

Conclude tree removal operations and recover equipment, in accordance with organisational procedures

4.2 

Complete and submit organisational documentation to conclude tree removal operations

4.3 

Provide a final report to the crew leader, in accordance with organisational procedures

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Non-essential conditions may be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

Unit Mapping Information

This is a new unit.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=3eca5672-6d5a-410b-8942-810d0ba05bbf

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1.0  This is the first release of this unit of competency in the PUA Public Safety Training Package.

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and must include one practical exercise involving the stabilisation and removal of a tree in an operational context

  • actioning work plan for tree stabilisation and removal including establishing the order of tree stabilisation and removal work and adherence to work zones
  • assessing additional equipment requirements
  • briefing crew members on plan of attack
  • checking and maintaining equipment to manufacturers’ recommendations and organisational policies and procedures
  • clearing debris
  • communicating with personnel using approved methods and tools including hand signals
  • completing near miss incident and final reporting requirements
  • complying with industry standards, legislative requirements and Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) obligations
  • conducting assessments of trees including identifying structural defects and stresses
  • determining personal capabilities of crew members
  • determining the consequences of proposed cuts and reviewing compression forces
  • following organisational policies and procedures including safety requirements
  • implementing and adjusting cutting plan including reviewing tree cutting sequence
  • monitoring hydration, fatigue, equipment and personal safety
  • recognising tree safety hazards and implementing risk control measures
  • reporting to crew leader
  • reviewing environmental conditions
  • using approved equipment to stabilise and remove trees
  • using dynamic risk assessments
  • verifying entry and escape routes
  • wearing personal protective clothing and equipment
  • working with approved equipment including chainsaws and/or hand tools to stabilise and remove trees.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and includes knowledge of

  • communication methods and tools including hand signals
  • dynamic risk assessments
  • effects and consequences of proposed cuts on compression forces in trees
  • effects of gravity on compression, tension and torsion forces and likely outcomes when these forces are released from a tree
  • environmental conditions and how they impact trees
  • environmental hazards relevant to tree removal
  • hydration, fatigue, equipment and personal safety requirements
  • identification of tree defects
  • incident and final report requirements including near miss reporting
  • industry standards, legislative requirements and Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) obligations
  • maintenance of equipment to manufacturers' recommendations
  • order of tree stabilisation and removal work at an emergency incident
  • organisational policies and procedures
  • personal protective clothing and equipment
  • procedures for clearing debris
  • requirements for briefings
  • safety and evacuation plans
  • safety requirements for tree stabilisation and removal at emergency incidents
  • sequence for stabilising and removing a tree safely including steps in planning for the management of compression forces
  • tree hazards and risk control measures
  • types of equipment that stabilise and/or support trees
  • types of work zones.

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must hold credentials specified within the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment must satisfy the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence and all regulatory requirements included within the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment must occur in workplace situations or in simulated training situations that reflect workplace conditions.

Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Resources for assessment must include access to a range of

  • exercises, case studies or other simulations
  • materials, equipment and tools used in industry including personal protective clothing and equipment
  • documentation including organisational policies and procedures, industry standards, regulations, codes of practice, operational manuals and equipment specifications.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=3eca5672-6d5a-410b-8942-810d0ba05bbf