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Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Platform

A1 Arborists Limited

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Learning Outcomes: Carry out pre-use inspection and set up prior to using a MEWP Set up a MEWP for work Achieve a safe working position with the MEWP Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove lateral limbs Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove vertical stem sections Start Date: On demand Guidance Notes for Candidates and Assessors The assessment is divided in to 3 compulsory parts: 1. Carry out pre-work operational checks and set up 2. Operate a chainsaw from the platform to remove lateral limbs. 3. Operate a chainsaw from the platform to remove vertical stem sections. Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities (unless otherwise specified) in all three parts. Assessment and site requirements: ? An experienced ground person must work under the direction of the candidate (the Assessor may act as the ground person). ? The assessment should be undertaken on a medium to large sized open grown tree(s), with sufficient side branches for cutting, at a suitable level and vertical stem sections at a suitable height. ? The candidate should be equipped with a top or rear* handled chainsaw in good condition with a maximum recommended guide bar length of 380mm (15?). Any candidate presenting themselves for assessment using a top handled chainsaw must hold the relevant units that demonstrate they are competent in its use (i.e. CS39). Achieving CS47 will not in itself imply competence in the use of a top handled chainsaw It is accepted that top handled chainsaws are often used for working from a MEWP due to their light weight and manoeuvrability however, they must be used two handed at all times and the operator must be aware of the associated additional risks ? The candidate should be equipped with sufficient fuel and oil, appropriate to the make and model of chainsaw. ? The candidate should ensure that warning signs are erected and the worksite is cordoned off as appropriate. ? A suitable pulling rope should be available for the assessment of unit 3. ? A spare working saw should be available. Validation of Equipment Manufacturer?s instruction book must be available. Vehicles must comply with Department of Transport and Road Traffic Acts where relevant. Any MEWP complying with legal requirements is acceptable for the test, provided it is suitably equipped for all test items to be carriedout. The MEWP must have evidence of thorough examination under LOLER requirements (e.g. certificate or decal on machine) Pre-requisites Prior to taking this assessment, candidates must first have achieved units CS30.1, CS30.2 and CS31 from the NPTC level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw and Related Operations. Candidates must also hold a suitable competence certificate in operating the MEWP that is going to be used for the assessment. This could be the ?NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use and Operation of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms? or an alternative nationally recognised certificate. Assessors must have sight of this prior to commencing assessment. Candidates who cannot demonstrate this should arrange to be assessed in the NPTC MEWP qualification by an approved NPTC assessor, at the same time as this unit.

Learning Outcomes: Carry out pre-use inspection and set up prior to using a MEWP Set up a MEWP for work Achieve a safe working position with the MEWP Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove lateral limbs Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove vertical stem sections Start Date: On demand Guidance Notes for Candidates and Assessors The assessment is divided in to 3 compulsory parts: 1. Carry...

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