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Chainsaw Handling & Safety Course

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Chainsaw Handling & Safety Course

April 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT


This 1 day 8 hour chainsaw handling and safety course in Whistler is a must for anyone who uses a chainsaw at work or in their back yard! Participants will learn how to safely handle a chainsaw, starting with a classroom session before heading into the field for practical exercises.

Dates: Saturday 27 April
Time: 9am-5pm
Price: $170 + GST
Register: Please email the Whistler Learning Centre.
Capacity: Maximum 8 participants. Space is limited, sign up today.
Location: Whistler First Aid, Unit 203-1420 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler BC V0N 1B1
Student Requirements: Fit to operate 20 pound chainsaw, Work boots – safety toe if possible, Water, Lunch
Note: Course refunds up to April 18 are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. After April 18 refunds are not possible.
A minimum number of 6 participants are required to run this course.
Should the minimum number not be met by midnight on April 21, a full refund will be provided to registered participants.

Course Outline:

  • In class 3-4 hours
  • WorkSafe requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Saw safety features
  • Safe starting
  • Kickback causes and prevention
  • Compression and tension in wood
  • Basic maintenance and chain sharpening

Field Outline:

  • In field 3-4 hours
  • Site assessment
  • Free assessment
  • Starting the saw
  • Basic cuts for compression and tension
  • Body positioning and posture

About the Instructor: John Courchesne is an Energy Safety Canada, ESC, trained chainsaw instructor who has been teaching chainsaw safety for 10 years. He is a BC certified faller, teaches the Energy Safety Canada, ESC falling course, and conducts faller evaluations. He started out in the forest industry 40 years ago as a landing bucker and started falling in the mid 80s, add 10 summers of brushing and spacing gives him over 30,000 hours of chainsaw experience.

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April 27, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Whistler First Aid
Unit 203-1420 Alpha Lake Road
Whistler, BC V0N 1B1 Canada
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