Chainsaw Safety Training

— Written By Keith Wood
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Operating a chainsaw is inherently dangerous. Chainsaw cuts are always serious, but this is not the only hazard a saw operator faces. Saw operators are often struck by falling limbs and trunks as the tree moves during felling. Saw operators may fall off ladders or out of trees, or they may trip while moving through brush and uneven ground. Even when the tree is on the ground, danger lurks in wood under tension. Spring poles snap and logs roll unexpectedly. Personal protective equipment (PPE) saves lives every day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that saw operators wear the PPE described in this training, including head protection, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw chaps or pants, and suitable footwear.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cherokee County will offer a Chainsaw Safety Training on November 14, 2019, starting at 6 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at the office. It will target farmers, homeowners, women, workers and employers by providing skilled support services, site clean-up services, and recovery activities. This includes workers in the tree care industries, landscape industry, grounds and maintenance, and others who clean up after the storm-damaged trees.

The training is a one-hour, interactive classroom training covering these topics: insect bites and stings, electrical/electrocution hazards, hand and power tools, slips, trips, and falls, and other related topics (personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment inspection, safe carry, and safe start. ISA CEU’s will be available for Arborists that attend this training. Pre-registration is required before November 12th.