Working with machinery (other than Chainsaws) and hand tools

This page covers machinery used in forestry or arboriculture (that isn't either a chainsaw or a vehicle) and handtools.

It includes:

  • Woodchippers
  • Brushcutters
  • Stumpgrinders
  • Flails and mulchers

While this equipment does not cause as many serious accidents as chainsaws, there are still accidents and risks that you need to assess and control.

What you need to do

Ensure that no-one uses this equipment unless they are trained and competent to do so.

Find out more

Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) leaflets have been withdrawn from HSE's website but the content is now available on the Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA) website.

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