2011 Chainsaw Safety for Agriscience Students
On Friday April 15, 2011 Timpro member Gerald Bellows brought a day long workshop on professional chainsaw operation to students at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut. Jerry coordinated the program with agriscience teacher Mrs. Emily Picard. The day started with a 30 minute video of a logging job depicting tree felling, log bucking, and forwarding logs to the landing. Jerry narrated the video and answered questions as the video progressed. Following the video Jerry went over saw safety and equipment. There were several demonstrations including chainsaw kickback, cutting into saw resistant chaps and testing steel toed boots compared to non-steel toed boots. Outside the shop Jerry demonstrated a technique to deal with spring poles and finding the point of equal reaction. Jerry also demonstrated proper notch opening and how a proper hinge works compared to one with by-pass. Several students donned full safety equipment and participated in a hands-on competition, putting into practice the techniques they learned during the class. The remainder of the class helped set up the competition and score their classmates. The three high scores received cash prizes. All students received Timpro T-shirts.
Jerry Bellows is a professional logger and owner of Gibson Hill Forest Products in Sterling, Connecticut. He is Secretary and member of the Timpro Board of Directors and the Northeastern Loggers Association Board of Directors. He has participated in the Master Logger Program and the Game of Logging and has volunteered his time and expertise at local events and committees to promote the forest products industry. Jerry is to be commended for his professionalism, time and expertise on behalf of the Connecticut logging community. ?xml:namespace>