CHAINSAW PROJECT

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

CHAINSAW PROJECT

PROJECT TITLE:

Chainsaw operatives are at the greatest risk of accident and injury in forestry, for this reason the Accord sees chainsaw work as the key priority for improving forestry safety.  This Working Group will question the status quo, review and aim to offer improvements to the work of the chainsaw operative. 

OBJECTIVE OF THE GROUP:

  • Review the current chainsaw training system; look at how competency can be better developed and recorded; pilot and offer improvements to this system for the forestry industry to adopt

  • Working in conjunction with Safe Forestry to pilot a skills development system

  • Feed into the FWM/Landowner sectors (Landowner Working Group) to improve planning for chainsaw work: inclusion at pre-commencement of competent chainsaw operators; checking that chainsaw work is only undertaken by suitably competent chainsaw operators, appropriate for the work to be done
  • Review advanced felling techniques, establishing level of competence to undertake advanced work and publishing guidance
  • Ensure chainsaw operatives have suitable welfare provision on site
  • Publish ‘guide rates’ to ensure that chainsaw operatives are resourced to enable them to pay for the safety critical parts of their work (maintenance/PPE/skills development etc..)

 CHAIR PERSON OF THE GROUP:

Calum Duffy – Duffy Skylining

 

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP:

Stephen Hailes – H W Training

Donald Maclean – FCA

Simon Bowes – FCA

Kevin Milne – K M Tree Services

James Laidlaw – Chainsaw Operative

Callum Campbell – Forestry Services Ltd

Adam Lewis – Munro Harvesting

Lindsay Wood – Tilhill

Jason Liggins – FLS

Andy Sloss – FLS

Kathy Gostick – HSE

Gillian Clark (support) – FISA CEO

 

GROUP TARGET:

  • Develop a new competency levels system, with industry pilot
  • Publication of guidance detailing methods of advanced felling
  • Publication of industry ‘guide rates’
  • Supporting safety bulletins and press releases to the industry

 

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