Location: Red Stag Training, R2 Moat Park, Framlingham Road, Earl Soham, Woodbridge, IP13 7SR
Once you’ve honed your climbing skills, it’s time to move on to using a chainsaw. The key to working safely and efficiently is all in good work positioning, allowing your full attention to be focused on achieving accurate cuts. This course allows you to build on, and expand the techniques already learned in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue training.
Pre-requisite units: 201, 202, 203, 206, 306
Operate a chainsaw from rope and harness
Understand the legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness
Understand the safety considerations to be observed in organising a worksite
Carry out pre-start checks to the chainsaw, cold and hot starting techniques
Demonstrate techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching them appropriately to the harness
Use appropriate techniques for establishing secure and comfortable work positions
Demonstrate the appropriate use of various step and sink cuts and correct final pruning cuts
Use top handled/lightweight rear handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner to remove light and medium weight branches
Understand and fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a competent grounds person
Deal with arisings appropriately
Also covered in this course is an introduction to basic tree biology. You will learn the characteristics of different species, the effect of the pruning cuts we use, and how the trees respond to those pruning cuts.
NPTC Assessments for unit 308 (previously CS39) 9th March