2008 Chainsaw Safety for Vo Ag Students
On December 12, 2008 four members of the CT Professional Timber Producers Association held a basic chainsaw maintenance and safety program for ten students of the Vocational Agricultural Program at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, CT. Paul Burke, Gerald Bellows, Marshall McKenna and Jim Passarello spent the school day with ten students who were eager to learn from these highly skilled logging professionals. The morning was spent learning the importance and usage of personal protective equipment including steel toed boots, chaps, helmet, hearing and eye protection. The remainder of the morning revolved around hands-on chainsaw sharpening with Paul, Jerry and Marshall working one on one with the students to refine their sharpening techniques. Jim Passarello of Beaver Brook Sawshop in Scotland CT spoke about general chainsaw maintenance and provided the students with information provided by Stihl Corporation. After lunch the students learned about proper felling techniques and the technical aspects of notching a tree for safety and accuracy. Each student was provided with an opportunity to notch a simulated tree and was then scored for safety, felling technique and accuracy. The winners with the three highest scores were awarded a small cash prize and a CT Professional Timber Producers hat. Two of the students expressed an interest in participating in the Game of Logging. This rewarding program is part of Timpros Community Outreach Program.