Fell trees


Fell trees safely and effectively to specification.

Alternative labels

felling trees safely
chop down trees
cut down trees
tree felling
cutting down trees
safe tree felling
felling trees
chopping down trees

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Fell trees is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Forestry equipment operator: Forestry equipment operators carry out operations with specialised equipment in the forest to maintain, harvest, extract and forward wood for the manufacturing of consumer goods and industrial products.

Optional skill

Fell trees is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Crosscut saw operator: Crosscut saw operators use a manual crosscut saw. Crosscut sawing is used for ‘felling’ and ‘bucking’ trees, or taking off the limbs to obtain logs. Crosscut sawyers may also work with smaller crosscut saws in a workshop to make manual cuts.
Tree surgeon: Tree surgeons maintain trees. They use heavy machinery to prune and cut trees. Tree surgeons are often required to climb the trees to perform maintenance.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022