Chainsaw Project

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:

  • 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 - Calum Duffy – Duffy Skylining

OTHER MEMBERS:

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

Alastair Sandels - FISA

Clare James  - FLS

Des Campbell - NIFS

Elaine Harrison - NRW

Kay Maguire - Coillte

Phil Mostyn - NRW

Richard Deboys - FLS

Owen K├Ânig - Independent 

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

RESOURCES &/ FUNDING REQUIREMENTS:

 

KEY ACTIONS: