Chainsaw Safety and Directional Felling Training Levels 1-2 - Pope County
Date:Fri, 4/26/2019 - Sat, 4/27/2019
Time:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This is a Safety and Woods Worker (S.A.W.W.) certified training opportunity and participants will receive a S.A.W.W. Levels 1-2 certificate upon course completion.
Training Overview & Goals:
- This course is designed to teach novice and seasoned saw operators in chainsaw safety and directional felling.
- All participants are required to use the cutting and felling methods shown by the instructor: open-face directional notch and the bore-cutting technique.
- No prior chainsaw training or experience is required.
Training Topics and Objectives:
- Safety and personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Saw operation and safety features; body mechanics; safe starting procedures; safety violations; and chain brake use
- Bore cutting and saw reactive forces
- push, pull, kickback, and attack
- Information gathering and 5-step felling plan
- Introduce participants to directional felling techniques (body position and sight line; open-face notch; hinge; bore cutting; back cut; trigger; and wedges)
- Reduced down time (RDT) maintenance
- General chainsaw maintenance
- Introduction to the cutter tooth and chain filing
- Precision felling (information before felling, stump grading, target accuracy, and height estimation)
- Introduce basic binds and limbing / bucking techniques
- Understanding compression and tension fiber
- Releasing spring poles and lodged/hung trees
Training Costs and Important Information:
- $80/participant (18+ years of age; no refunds for no-shows)
- Lunch will be provided on both days
- Advanced registration and pre-payment is required
- Registration is limited to 8 participants
- Participants are required to supply and wear their own PPE
- Chainsaws provided.
- Participants may use their own chainsaws; however, your chainsaw must pass the instructor’s safety inspection.
Weather / Cancellation Policy:
- Training will occur rain or shine; except, in situations of lightening, heavy rain, and high sustained winds.
Required PPE (participants supply)*:
- 8” leather work boots
- Hardhat (ANSI Type 1)
- Safety glasses or face shield
- Hearing protection
- Chainsaw chaps
- Leather gloves
* Dixon Springs Ag Center will have some chaps, helmets, and face shields available for use during the course
Waiver of Liability:
- All participants are required to sign a University of Illinois waiver of liability – no exceptions! Participants must be mentally and physically capable of safely operating mid-range to professional chainsaws in a forested setting on uneven terrain.