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Fallers

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Stop saw engines, pull cutting bars from cuts, and run to safety as tree falls.
    • Appraise trees for certain characteristics, such as twist, rot, and heavy limb growth, and gauge amount and direction of lean, to determine how to control the direction of a tree's fall with the least damage.
    • Saw back-cuts, leaving sufficient sound wood to control direction of fall.
    • Clear brush from work areas and escape routes, and cut saplings and other trees from direction of falls, using axes, chainsaws, or bulldozers.
    • Measure felled trees and cut them into specified log lengths, using chain saws and axes.
    • Assess logs after cutting to ensure that the quality and length are correct.
    • Determine position, direction, and depth of cuts to be made, and placement of wedges or jacks.
    • Control the direction of a tree's fall by scoring cutting lines with axes, sawing undercuts along scored lines with chainsaws, knocking slabs from cuts with single-bit axes, and driving wedges.
    • Trim off the tops and limbs of trees, using chainsaws, delimbers, or axes.
    • Select trees to be cut down, assessing factors such as site, terrain, and weather conditions before beginning work.
    • Maintain and repair chainsaws and other equipment, cleaning, oiling, and greasing equipment, and sharpening equipment properly.
    • Insert jacks or drive wedges behind saws to prevent binding of saws and to start trees falling.
    • Tag unsafe trees with high-visibility ribbons.
    • Secure steel cables or chains to logs for dragging by tractors or for pulling by cable yarding systems.
    • Load logs or wood onto trucks, trailers, or railroad cars, by hand or using loaders or winches.
    • Mark logs for identification.
    • Work as a member of a team, rotating between chain saw operation and skidder operation.
    • Place supporting limbs or poles under felled trees to avoid splitting undersides, and to prevent logs from rolling.
    • Split logs, using axes, wedges, and mauls, and stack wood in ricks or cord lots.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Reaction Time

      The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 47970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.06/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Ultrasonic examination equipment
    • Lumbering equipment
    • Lifting cables
    • Forestry skidders
    • Air or gas tanks or cylinders

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