and Prepare Equipment
safety and first aid requirements are considered prior to the start of
construction. Determine the hazard rating for the trail construction project.
Refer to standard safety requirements manuals.
saws, axes, power saws, clippers (long handled preferably). Mattocks, hammers
(for nailing markers on trees), brush cutters. Some people prefer to use
the back of a hatchet instead of a hammer since the hatchet can also be
used for removing small branches which may obscure the marker (thus enabling
one to do two things with one tool).
tools and ensure they are in first-class condition. Carry an extra saw
blade for Swede saws, and files for sharpening tools. Power saws require
extra gas (mixed with oil), extra oil for the chain, tools to tighten the
chain and a round file for sharpening the teeth.
Supply a First
Aid Kit. Leaders must impress upon all participants the hazards involved,
and ask them to use extra care.
Use work gloves
and other protective wear such as hard hat, face and ear sound protection
when using power tools.