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WFTR 137 - ENFORM Chainsaw Safety Training

This course has been developed in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC) to provide a petroleum industry training standard for low-impact seismic (LIS) line construction. It is intended for all workers engaged in seismic line construction activities. Topics will include: personal protection, chainsaw maintenance and handling, safe falling, limbing and bucking practices.


Hours: 16 (Lecture Hours: 8; Field Experience Hours: 8)


Total Weeks: 1





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
Topics covered in the course are:
Personal Protection
- Mental and Physical Well-being
- Personal Protective Equipment: head, face, eye, hearing, hand, leg and foot protection,emergency whistle
- Personal Protective Clothing: high visibility garments, inclement weather
- Emergency Response Procedures: first aid, crew communications.
Chainsaw Features, Maintenance & Handling
- Safety Features: front handle, rear handle, throttle lock-out, chain brake, chain catcher, muffler, spark arrestor, anti-vibration mounts, dogs, bar tip, safety chain.
- Basic Maintenance: tools and spare parts, engine maintenance, chain maintenance, guide bar maintenance, clutch and drive sprocket maintenance, frequencies and checklist.
- Handling: re-fueling, starting the saw, transportation, operation.
Safe Falling Operations
- Site assessment
- Basic Falling: defining the falling area, escape routes, falling cuts, and wedges
- Falling Difficulties: Dangerous trees, windfall and bulldozed trees, catapults, snow and other dangerous conditions.
Safe Limbing and Bucking Operations
- Limbing
- Bucking
- Bucking Difficulties: log bind, side bind, steep terrain, windfall and bulldozed trees, windrows, and snow.
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

Appendix B: Dangerous Tree Control IRP, Volume 11-2000


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to safety and efficiently use and maintain a chainsaw. They will also be familiar with the PPE required during the operation of one.


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: 70% (on both exam & demonstration of practical skills)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Comments:

If a student fails the exam, they will be required to retake the course.



Participants are required to bring their own PPE consisting of: hardhat, safety boots, fire-resistant coveralls, gloves, safety glasses and hearing protection.


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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