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Chainsaw Training

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on 3 June 2015

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Transcript of Chainsaw Training

PPE might not save you
The chainsaw is the most dangerous piece of equipment that FRNSW carries

It has been rated the most dangerous power tool in the WORLD

Used incorrectly it is extremely dangerous for both the operator and bystanders

Safety IS the key to operating a chainsaw
FRNSW requires that all operators of chainsaws be trained to the level at which they can safely operate the chainsaw

Why are we undertaking the training
Problem solving skills to identify problems, equipment faults and apply appropriate response procedures

Skills

Safe work Practices
Communication
Chainsaw components and safety features
Cutting techniques
Start up and shut down
Care and maintenance of Saw
Sharpening of chain
Chainsaw course Day 1 Theory and Maintenance
Chainsaw Training
Chainsaw course Day 2 Practical
PPE requirements
Risk assessment
Cutting using all techniques
Refueling
Maintenance and on the job resharpening
Practical assessment
Clean up

Required Skills and Knowledge
Tree characteristics and types of defects

Cutting pattern and sequences
Knowledge
To become an authorised FRNSW chainsaw operator you must be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge, these skills and knowledge are as follows

FRNSW site standards, requirements, policies and procedures
Applicable legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice
Risk assessment processes, problem identification and resolution strategies
Chainsaw operations, SAFETY and maintenance procedures
FRNSW requires that all operators of chainsaws be trained to the level at which they can safely operate the chainsaw
It also includes chainsaw maintenance
There is a strong emphasis on SAFTEY of you and your colleagues
Specific storm and tempest stations
The reduction in operators due to transfers, retirements etc
Old NSWFB course not aligned to the new standard
New course aligned to the UOC in Forestry Training package
Ability to prove currency to workcover

Why are we undertaking the training
FRNSW requires that all operators of chainsaws be trained to the level at which they can safely operate the chainsaw
It also includes chainsaw maintenance
There is a strong emphasis on SAFTEY of you and your colleagues
Specific storm and tempest stations
The reduction in operators due to transfers, retirements etc
Old NSWFB course not aligned to the new standard
New course aligned to the UOC in Forestry Training package
Ability to prove currency to workcover

Why are we undertaking the training
FRNSW requires that all operators of chainsaws be trained to the level at which they can safely operate the chainsaw
It also includes chainsaw maintenance
There is a strong emphasis on SAFTEY of you and your colleagues
Specific storm and tempest stations
The reduction in operators due to transfers, retirements etc
Old NSWFB course not aligned to the new standard
New course aligned to the UOC in Forestry Training package
Ability to prove currency to workcover

Why are we undertaking the training
FRNSW requires that all operators of chainsaws be trained to the level at which they can safely operate the chainsaw
It also includes chainsaw maintenance
There is a strong emphasis on SAFTEY of you and your colleagues
Specific storm and tempest stations
The reduction in operators due to transfers, retirements etc
Old NSWFB course not aligned to the new standard
New course aligned to the UOC in Forestry Training package
Ability to prove currency to workcover

Knowledge comes with education and training not just experience
Ability to prove currency to workcover
New course aligned to the UOC in Forestry Training package
Old NSWFB course not aligned to the new standard
The reduction in operators due to transfers, retirements etc

This includes not only the natural environment, but also the immediate work environment
Give consideration to refuelling locations i.e. Away from drains, streams etc
Avoid and/or clean up spills immediatley
Remove all equipment and containers from work area

Environment

WHS now influences everything that we do in FRNSW

If the employer supplies us with equipment they have a fundamental responsibility to provide training, the minimum standard of safety equipment and a safe environment in which to work

Legislation (WHS act 2011/10)
PPE provided must be selected to minimise the risk to health and safety and as such meet the minimum required standards

PPE must be maintained, repaired or replaced so that it continues to minimise the risk to health and safety e.g. Life span of foam in hearing protection, expiry dates of our helmets etc

Workers are required to wear provided PPE in accordance with training and reasonable instructions

WHS and PPE/PPC
Chainsaw operator PPE/PPC
When operating a chainsaw the user must be clearly visible at all times
Hi Viz reflective vest
Codes of Practice
Tree industry COP- using chainsaws on a ladder
For Example

Noise management COP- class 5 hearing protection
Work cover provides codes of practice which set the minimum standards of health and safety that MUST be adhered to

Avoid and/or clean up spills immediatley

Environment considerations
This includes not only the natural environment, but also the immediate work environment
Dynamic risk assessments
, Emergency context (life threatening) done verbally with members of the crew.
OH&S Risk Assessment (OHSRA)
Used in planned context

Dynamic risk assessments
, Emergency context (life threatening) done verbally with members of the crew.
OH&S Risk Assessment (OHSRA)
Used in planned context
Risk Assessments
Causes of Chainsaw accidents
Inadequate training
Chainsaw reactive forces
Equipment malfunction
Falling or dislodged trees
Clowning around
Freelancing

1) A combination of chain break not activated whilst stepping over a log and the chainsaw running lean as it ran out of fuel, causing the chain to run and cut through the jeans with no chaps on.
2) Whilst limbing a tree at shoulder height the bar/chain hit another limb and kicked back. The fact the chain break operated at 1500's of a second probably saved his life.
FRNSW uses the chainsaws for storm recovery, bushfire and during rescue incidents
We are often faced with multiple hazards that require chainsaw operations to work in conjunction with other operations to safely and effectively resolve incidents
The chainsaw operator should adopt a professional attitude.

The chainsaw operator
Safe/clear work environment
Consideration to appliances and workers
Organised and tidy equipment location
Multi agency responses are common in chainsaw call outs e.g. tree down etc
There is a strong emphasis on SAFETY of you and your colleagues
Technical skills sufficient to select, use and maintain relevant equipment to SAFELY trim and cut felled trees in a number of situations
Ability to assess the implications related to the identified stresses of the tree
Communication skills sufficient to interact with colleagues and others
Literacy skills sufficient to review and accurately identify work requirements to locate, record and report information
Skill ???
Depends if you like your 10 toes
Give consideration to refueling locations i.e. Away from drains, streams etc
Remove all equipment and containers from work area
The Chainsaw Operator continued
Take time to assess and plan the task
Assess the risks involved
Allow for contingencies
Use low risk techniques

Cutting Techniques
Ripping cut

Cross cut (Down and Up)
Step cut
Reduction cut
Progressive cut
Bore/plunge – Horizontal and Vertical
Theory presentation completed
Review of pre course assignment
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