Course Description

It is a fact that felling trees is one of the most life-threatening activities any worker can perform. This course is designed to educate anyone who operates a chainsaw about tree felling procedures used in an environment that has restricted access, with both targets and obstacles within the drop zone.

Chainsaw safety, maintenance, use, and handling are core components of this course. You will learn how to gather the necessary data to develop a safe tree felling plan which will allow you to fell a tree with both accuracy and precision, by avoiding obstacles and, assessing risks and hazards.

This course also covers systematic limbing and bucking procedures, methods for dealing with spring poles, and understanding compression and tension forces. This course will educate learners about the theory and practical application of notches and back cuts and how the methodology affects the success of accurate tree felling. Also, participants will have the opportunity to practice notches and back cuts in a “hands on” setting. Participants will gain an understanding in what contributes to accidents and how to avoid them.

There is a strong focus on personal safety, risk assessment, and accident prevention. Training workers in developing skills that reduce variables and mitigate risks associated with chainsaws, tree felling, in high-risk environments is the general theme of this course.

Applicable Standards

This course meets the ANSI / ASSE Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety Health and Environmental Training as well as OSHA 1910.266 and ANSI Z133.

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