The Felling Small Trees up to 380mm course covers site safety and risk assessment, assessing individual trees for hazards, standard felling cuts, and specialist cuts for trees which lean backward slightly or lean forward severely. Inevitably trees will sometimes get hung-up, so the candidate is shown how to take down hung-up trees safely, and is also taught why certain procedures are unsafe and should not be used. Processing felled trees is then covered, including correct de-limbing and cross-cutting to length and understanding tension and compression in felled timber.
This popular course is ideally suited to private individuals, woodland workers, ecologists, estate workers, groundspersons, foresters and arborists – indeed, anyone with a need to use a chainsaw to cut down ‘small’ trees.
You’ll be covering risk assessments, health and safety legislation and regulations surrounding the felling of trees. Felling cuts will be demonstrated, and you will practice, basic felling cuts, ‘dogstooth’ cuts for trees weighted in the direction of fell, ‘split-level’ cuts for trees weighted against the direction of fell, and the ‘safe corner’ cut. Dealing with hung-up trees by severing the hinge and rolling or poling will also be completed, as will safe branch removal, crosscutting to a site specification and stacking.
The Unit 203 assessment contains 4 compulsory parts:
- Part 1 Fell Small Trees
- Part 2 Remove branches by appropriate method
- Part 3 Crosscut felled trees
- Part 4 Takedown of hung-up trees using hand tools
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 unit CS30(Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross-cutting) Units 201 & 202.
DURATION – 3 Days
ACCREDITATION – Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC/City & Guilds Unit 203.