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Award in Ground based chainsaw operation (CS30 & CS31)

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The Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operation (CS30 & CS31) is a four-day practical course for people with little or no experience of chainsaws. The course is for anyone who needs a certification in the maintenance and safe use of chainsaws and the felling and processing of trees up to 380mm, in order to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Regulations.

The course will enable candidates to:

  • successfully identify the required personal protective clothing
  • locate the various standard marks
  • associate the Health and Safety surrounding chainsaw operation
  • maintenance and performance
  • know how to take corrective action should a problem arise such as freeing trapped saws from logs
  • follow starting procedures and pre-start checks, and the correct stance and posture
  • fell trees with the use of wedges and felling bars
  • carry out at least three different types of cut
  • identify potential hazards and stresses
  • select the appropriate techniques to assess and work with timber in compression or tension
  • take down hung up trees safely and in line with relevant legislation, and recognise situations where specialist assistance might be required.

The training course has physical demands and requires the carrying and movement of equipment in woodland and forest environments.

Assessment is one day.

Location: Lowe Maintenance, 18 Duke Street, Settle BD24 9DN

Course dates: 25-28 September 2017

Cost: Training fee £312 paid through the Stories in Stone project.

Assessment fee £450, payable by candidate upon booking.

Booking: For further course details and booking please visit Lowe Maintenance

This course is subsidised through Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects that has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

You can find out more about the Stories in Stone project here. Terms and conditions apply to attend a subsidised course, please contact Lowe Maintenance for more information.

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