Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting, Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting, Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Who is the course for?

This course is a combination of the 2 day Cross Cutting and Maintenance and the 4 day Felling Small Trees up to 380 mm.  This course will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based

Please Note: Due to the nature of the training a minimum level of fitness will be required for specific operations. Whilst we would not want to disadvantage you as a learner, it is an essential requirement

Objectives:

Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a worksite

  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Fell trees which have a diameter less than the effective cutting length of a guide bar (guide bar length not greater than 380mm/15”)
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms tension and compression in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of takedown
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown
  • Check on the safety of takedown tools
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions
  • Select and use hand tools safely
  • Take down hung-up trees to a safe and stable position
  • State techniques which must not be used for the takedown of hung-up trees
  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks.
  • Identify safety and health features on a chainsaw.
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication.
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner.
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests.
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks.
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required.
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention.
  • Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their serviceability.
  • Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook.
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths.
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber.
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar.
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.

Course Details:

An Integrated training and assessment (ITA) only.

Duration: 5 days

Maximum of 4 trainees per course. Each candidate must have a chainsaw and PPE.

Certification gained: Lantra Certificate of Training, valid for 5 years.

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