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Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a hand-held chainsaw and maintain it in working condition.

This unit applies to cross-cutting fallen timber using safe cutting techniques.

The unit applies to individuals who apply low risk work procedures and comply with worksite health and safety requirements when operating hand-held chainsaws to carry out routine work.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Assist in preparation of work site

  • Identify location of worksite and fallen timber from scope of works and confirm with supervisor
  • Identify site hazards, assess risks and report to supervisor
  • Confirm first aid and emergency personnel, equipment and procedures
  •  Document and implement site health and safety in the workplace, environmental and traffic control measures according to workplace procedures

2. Recognise and apply workplace safety procedures

  • Identify hazards and risks relevant to the maintenance and operation of chainsaws and implement safe working practices to manage risks
  • Select, fit and use personal protective equipment according to workplace safety procedures
  • Confirm with supervisor relevant licensing and legislative requirements with regard to the operation of chainsaws
  • Transport chainsaw safely according to operation and maintenance manual

3. Check and prepare chainsaw for use

  • Select tools and materials required for maintenance
  • Conduct routine checks and maintenance prior to operation, according to chainsaw operation and maintenance manual
  • Calculate required fuel oil ratios prior to mixing
  • Mix fuel and fuel chainsaw according to operation and maintenance manual
  • Identify, tag, record and report chainsaw faults or malfunctions to supervisor

4. Operate chainsaw

  • Communicate with work team during operations using voice, hand or whistle signals
  • Place supports to ensure a stable base for cutting
  • Identify materials to be cut and position them for operation
  • Visually assess material to be cut for defects and embedded hazards
  • Determine cutting methods appropriate to material type and implement risk controls
  • Select and use tools associated with chainsaw use
  • Operate chainsaw to cross-cut timber using documented low risk work methods
  • Identify and report work-site communication issues to supervisor
  • Identify and report environmental impacts of chainsaw operation to supervisor

5. Complete and check chainsaw operation

  • Record and report chainsaw damage, malfunction and irregular performance according to workplace procedures
  • Clean and store chainsaw according to workplace procedures and operation and maintenance manual
  • Dispose of debris from operation in accordance with environmental requirements
  • Maintain workplace documentation according to workplace procedures