2 Ways to Learn How to Be Safe With Chainsaws

Chainsaw Safety

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Stay safe when using a chainsaw by taking two classes this spring.

CSAW Level 1 Training and CSAW Level 2 Training take place on April 6 and April 13, respectively, both on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University.

CSAW stands for “chainsaw safety awareness that works.”

The co-sponsors of the classes are the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, run by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and the Ohio Forestry Association.

Both classes offer classroom sessions and hands-on practice. Level 1 will cover such topics as chainsaw safety features, personal protective equipment, and maintaining a chainsaw’s power head and guide bar.

In the field, Level 1 participants will learn, for example, about pre-felling plans, open-face felling, the hinge and bore method, and how to fell a tree, including felling a tree under the guidance of an instructor.

The Level 2 class will build on Level 1 by showing how to safely limb and buck felled timber and how to deal with safety hazards from felled trees, such as spring poles.

“Many of those situations are parallel to those that arise when dealing with timber that has been downed by uprooting, so Level 2 training can be valuable to workers dealing with storm damage or trail maintenance,” said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the stewards program.

Level 2 also will cover large trees, wedging, efficiency and timber quality, she said. Other topics may be added, too, based on the makeup of the class.

Both classes go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting in the Board Room in Eisenhower Hall on the campus, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield.

OFA members pay $100 to register while nonmembers pay $150. The latter fee includes individual membership in the group.

Details and links to online registration are at go.osu.edu/zh9 for Level 1 and at go.osu.edu/zjB for Level 2. The registration deadlines are April 3 for Level 1 and April 10 for Level 2.

For more information, call 614-688-3421 or email ohiowoods@osu.edu.

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Kathy Smith