Chainsaw Safety Class for Students
On Friday May 11th, 2007 two members of the Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association held an all day chainsaw safety class for 10 students of the Lyman Vocational Agriculture Program in Lebanon, CT. Jerry Bellows of Sterling, CT and Paul Burke of Dayville, CT had the undivided attention these ten students while they demonstrated and emphasized all aspects of chainsaw safety.
The morning was spent viewing a video of an active logging site, reviewing the leading causes of chainsaw related injuries and death and learning about personal protective equipment. Paul and Jerry put together some outstanding demonstrations on everything from cutting through worn chainsaw chaps to the impact a heavy object has on toes (i.e. hot dogs) when not protected by steel toes. Late morning was spent on chain maintenance, chainsaw safety check and proper filing techniques. The students broke into teams and had 30 minutes to sharpen their saws before lunch.
The afternoon was spent hands-on. Each team was given the opportunity to saw through a red pine log. Each team was timed. Each student was also taught how to safely release a spring pole and had an opportunity to practice their technique. Thanks goes to Jeremy Bellows for helping out with the spring pole demonstration. Points were lost for any unsafe practice such as lack of hearing protection or improper grip of the saw.
Tee shirts were awarded to the top teams courtesy of Beaver Brook Sawshop of Scotland, CT and Curtis Outdoor Products of Brooklyn, CT. The top individual winner went away with a new pair of Husqvarna Cutting Pants courtesy of Old Miriah's Logging of Dayville, CT. The day ended with each student being awarded Certificates of Completion. The students had a great time and learned a lot from some real pros. This program is part of the Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association Community Outreach Program.