Growing Demand for Chainsaw Classes in Dorset as Redundancy Pushes Trainees to the Top of the Tree

October 13, 2009

DORCHESTER, England, October 13 /PRNewswire/ — Newlands Training, Devon
& Dorset’s leading provider in land based training, is experiencing a sharp
rise in bookings and enquiries for its range of chainsaw qualifications and
certificates ( http://www.newlandstraining.com/chainsaw/ ) and it’s all down
to the economic downturn.

“A lot of people who have lost their jobs in the recession are looking
for alternative careers and are using their redundancy pay to fund training
courses. I think that the vast Dorset countryside has lead people to consider
a career in arboriculture and tree surgery for which chain saw qualifications
are vital. Tree surgeon’s wages start from GBP22,000 so you can understand
why there is a surge in chain saw training” said Lesley Simpson, managing
director of Newlands Training.

Those who want to embrace tree surgery after years of office based work
need to gain certain specific chainsaw qualifications. All wannabe tree
surgeons must achieve NPTC certificate in the following areas:

Maintenance and Cross Cutting – (NPTC UNIT 30): safety and health
features of a chainsaw, maintenance, personal protective equipment; fuelling
and starting a chainsaw, clearing site and chainsaw checks, performing
pre-cutting checks, cross-cutting timber and adjusting the chainsaw.

Felling Small Trees up to 380 mm including Takedown of Hung-up (NPTC UNIT
31): felling demonstration, felling trees up to 380mm diameter; de-limbing of
felled trees, cross cutting trunks of felled trees and takedown of hung-up

Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue (old NPTC UNIT 38): climbing a tree -
branch walk; rescuing a casualty from a tree; achieving a work position in a
tree and using a hand saw to sever lightweight branches.

Operate a Chain Saw from a Rope and Harness (UNIT 39): this is a very
comprehensive course covering legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to
the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness, understanding the safety
considerations to be observed in organising the work site, carrying out
pre-start checks to the chainsaw, cold and hot starting techniques,
demonstrating techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching
them appropriately to the harness, using appropriate techniques for
establishing secure and comfortable work positions, demonstrating the
appropriate use of various step and sink cuts and correct final pruning cuts,
using top-handled and lightweight rear-handled chainsaws in a safe and
efficient manner, removing light and medium weight branches, understanding
and fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a competent ground person.

One final chainsaw qualification required is first aid in the work place,
which is a vital part of one’s own risk assessment at work as a tree surgeon.
Changes to First Aid at Work Guidance and Training came into force on 1st
October 2009
and for more information please visit our website. To ensure
that your company is up to date with its first aid training Newlands Training
would like to offer the first 10 people who contact Lesley Simpson on 01305
848454 a half price 3 day course, please quote FAOCTPR.

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If you want to know more about becoming a tree surgeon or would like more
details regarding any of the chain saw classes in Devon and Dorset please

    Lesley Simpson
    Tel: +44(0)1305-848454
    Mob: +44(0)7976-531649
    Email: lesleysimpson@farmline.com

SOURCE Newlands Training

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