Chainsaw Safety Course *SOLD OUT*
Note: This event is SOLD OUT. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list for this or future chainsaw safety trainings, please email Carol Grayshaw at [email protected].
Whether your woods are big or small, there may come a time when you need to operate a chainsaw. What’s the safest way to go about it? Attendees of this course will be part of the decision-making process on chainsaw operation. Participants will learn about the required steps to safely operate a chainsaw, basic maintenance of the chainsaw, and the equipment needed to do so. We’ll talk through the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required for chainsaw use. Everyone will have the opportunity to assist with a hazard analysis of a standing tree: what to look for, how to approach the situation, the best tools to have in your toolkit, and if necessary, when to walk away and leave the job to someone more qualified. This course will educate you on how to create a tree-cutting plan and follow that plan to a safe conclusion. The safe use of a battery-powered chainsaw will be demonstrated and discussed as part of this course.
Mike Powell | Penn State University Cooperative Extension
Mike Powell has been conducting chainsaw training for Penn State for over 15 years. Prior to instruction, he worked as a logger and arborist. At Penn State, he teaches a semester-long course on chainsaw safety and operation, along with chainsaw training for federal, state, local municipalities, and volunteer fire departments. Mike has completed all four levels of the Game of Logging chainsaw training and is an instructor for the PA Bureau of Forestry Wildland Fire Chainsaw course.
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