Tree work by rivers and streams

Trees like willow can be used to strengthen the banks of waterways. The specialist techniques used to do this are high risk, and bad weather conditions can make them even more dangerous.

We have produced guidance on tree work by rivers and streams.

Approved code of practice for safety and health in tree work -Part 3: river and stream operations provides guidance on general safety rules, safety clothing and equipment, noise, safe use of chainsaws and mobile plant, tree felling, lopping and layering, tree slotting and trenching in river and stream work.

ACOP: Safety and health in tree work - River and stream operations (PDF 445 KB)

REVOKED – Although this guidance has been revoked it still contains key information on how to safely carry out tree work in rivers and streams.

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe. Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU.  This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.