The Felling Large Trees 0ver 380mm course teaches candidates how to fell trees that are up to, but not greater than, twice bar length. In practice, this means felling trees that are up to 30″ (760mm) diameter with the size of saw that they undertook their basic chainsaw training with. The cuts are more challenging because they still have to meet accurately, but the bar can be completely concealed in the tree. The Medium Tree training course also teaches candidates basic winching techniques, because manual take-down is not going to work on a hung up tree which is 30″ in diameter.
The Level 3 Award in Felling Trees Over 380mm builds upon your felling experience enabling you to tackle ‘medium’ and ‘large’ sized trees, showing you the methods used to fell trees with a stem diameter greater than the bar length of the chainsaw. You’ll be dealing with trees weighted in the, and against the, direction of fell, as well as setting up a winch based system to deal with hung-up trees; you’ll be shown the ‘bore-and-sweep’ method and the ‘safe corner’ method of cutting, the ‘letterbox’ cut for dealing with the hinge on hung-up trees, and you will see the importance of accurate buttress removal. Snedding / delimbing is also covered.
- Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree felling operations (conifers and/or broad leaved trees).
- Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain rear handled chainsaws in workshop and field conditions. Includes starting procedures and pre-work checks.
- Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent chainsaw operator.
- Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient cross-cutting operations.
- Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches during snedding operations.
- Participants understand and demonstrate safe take down of hung-up trees using hand tools.
- Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree felling techniques and tree inspection.
- Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.
ARE THERE ANY PER-REQUISITES -You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the training and assessment. All candidates are requested to have personal protective equipment chainsaw, boots gloves trousers and combination helmet. Participants must hold City and Guilds/NPTC Units 201, 202 & 203 (Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross-cutting)
DURATION – 3 days
ACCREDITATION – Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for City and Guilds/NPTC Unit 301