Chainsaw Safety Training
Pre-Course Information for Hosts and Candidates
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I offer two training options for chainsaw safety:
The Canadian Trainers Foundation program which has the traditional courses from Awareness (Level 1) to Intermediate (Level 3) and also includes an Advance Faller ticket (Level 4). This standard is best suited for occupations such as parks, forestry and fire preparedness.
The Saskatchewan Fire Branch`s OW-324 Chainsaw Safety Course for wildland fire fighters is a 3 ½ day course designed specifically for chainsaw use on the fire line in Saskatchewan.
The objective of the training is to develop proficient chainsaw operators who demonstrate a positive attitude towards safety, stewardship and a professional attitude towards their work. Emphasis is placed on safe work practices, high standards of proficiency, adherence to the Saskatchewan Occupation Heath and Safety Act and excellent instruction.
A variety of course options are available to meet individual employer's needs. The most popular choice is the CTF three day course where participants will receive instruction in order to attain certification up to a Level 3, Intermediate Faller. Participants will receive 24 hours of instruction, of which at least 60% will be hands on. Shorter options are available for those employers who do not require certification at Level 3 Intermediate Faller.
Courses are designed to be held in any situation where trees are available to be cut: from remote forest site to southern park. Emphasis is on participation of students, whether it's sharpening a saw, cutting notches or OHS Regulations.
The full three day course will include as a minimum: course objectives, basic chainsaw operation, maintenance, safety considerations, limbing and bucking, basic falling and special situations. A unique and key element of every course is the hands-on training using the bolts (three foot logs, held upright in special stands). By using bolts, students are able to repeatedly practice safe handling techniques in a controlled, supervised setting without the risk or time of falling trees before their skills are developed.
I have been instructing chainsaw safety since 1999. In that time I have taught type 1 fire crew to highway crews and from park wardens to mountain pine beetle crews. I have more than 30 years of accident free experience working with chain saws from back country portage crew to logger. I combine my experience and energy to deliver a learning experience that students describe as the best training they have ever had.
The course is designed to come to you, no matter where you are. The following list will assist you in your preparations.
- Booking: call me early to ensure you get your required dates.
- Students: each course can accommodate a maximum of eight students.
- Site: an area in which to teach the "classroom" portion of the course is required. This space can be a coffee room, maintenance shop or wall tent. The only requirement is shelter and seating. The field portion of the course requires a forested area with approximately 30-40 trees (minimum butt diameter of 8") that can be cut and some space to set up the bolts. It is best to have the class and field site close together to reduce travel time. Normally there are no facilities of any kind at the field sites, so students must be appropriately prepared.
- Duration: Courses span three, eight hour days. Arrangements may be made for hours that suite your organization.
- Equipment Supplied: chainsaws, tools, mix gas and chain oil, saw tools, bolt stands, falling tools, fire extinguisher, teaching supplies and equipment.
- PPE Supplied:
- group first aid kit
- high-vis vest
- chainsaw safety chaps (cUL/BNQ or WCB-BC PPE1-1997 approved with a TSS of 3900).
- orange hard hat, CSA or ANSI-Z89 approved, with wire mesh screen and ear muffs with 24 NRR
- Saskatchewan OHS approved personal first aid kit (SK1)
- PPE Students Must Bring*:
- CSA approved boots (Green Triangle, but only for training purposes) or CSA Green Tree chainsaw boots if your organizations' policy requires them for training. I have eight pairs of CSA Green Tree boots available but in limited sizes.
- Appropriate clothing, sun screen, bug dope, food & water.
- Transportation: Students are required to provide their own transportation to the course and between sites during the course.
- Meals: Students are required to provide their own meals during the course.
- Weather: Come prepared for inclement or severe weather and biting insects.
- Insurance: I carry $3.0 million personal liability insurance and $1.0 M vehicle liability insurance.
* contact Christopherson Industrial Supplies in Prince Albert (306) 764-2102
|Basic rate for instruction as of January 2016:|
|3 day Intermediate Course, CTF (max 8 students)||$4200/course|
|2 day Basic Course (max 8 students)||$2800/course|
|1 day Awareness Course (max 8 students)||$1400/course|
|Recertification (min variable, max 8)|| $1200/course
|Registration & Manual:||$50/student|
|Travel return from Christopher Lake, SK:||$0.85/km|
|Travel on gravel highways:||$1.50/km|
|Travel on Athabasca Seasonal Road, #155* and other winter roads:||$2.50/km|
|Meals during course, travel & set-up:||$50/day|
|Accommodation during course, travel & set-up:||as billed|
|Additional, site-specific expenses (e.g., permits)||as billed|
|Cord wood for urban or southern courses||$200/128 ft3|
- Invoice for full amount will be issued upon completion of course.
- Payment due 30 days from invoice date.
- Late payments subject to 2% per month late fee.
- Payment by cash, cheque or money order.
- Fees subject to GST (#859 413 544 RT 0001) and PST (# 1972447) unless exemption exists.
- Deposit not required.
- Participant evaluation and result form issued at end of course; 3-year certificates issued upon payment in full.
- Short notice (≤48 hrs) cancellation fee 25% of course fee.