Lantra Awards Technical Award in Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) (2 People, 1 Machine)

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Summary / introduction: 
This training course will give you all the knowledge and skill you need to operate a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP). This includes the set up and operation of a MEWP as Using equipment from a MEWP can be very dangerous which is why it is important to make sure you have the proper training and skills needed to work safely and efficiently.
Target audience: 

If you would like to take this course, please make sure that you hold a current licence to practice in the MEWP type you would like to use as well as a working knowledge of chainsaw maintenance and cross-cut techniques. You should also be particularly aware of the potential hazards of being cut by the saw, hit by the timber and exposure to noise and vibration. A top or rear handled chainsaw with guide bar appropriate to timber size should be used.

This training is particularly helpful for people who work in the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Forestry
  • Woodland
  • Local authorities
  • Conservation.

Please Note: Before taking this course, it's important that you already have a current licence to practice in the MEWP type you need to use, along with a solid knowledge in chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting. The course does not include work with work platforms that are not controllable from the platform bucket.

To take this training, you must be physically fit and not suffering from vertigo or similar conditions or on medication that could affect your safety. There may also be courses that you need to have completed before taking this training course. If you're unsure, your training provider will be able to help you.

This course is not appropriate for persons under 16 years of age.


Our course will provide you with all the information you need and demonstrate the practical skills used when undertaking the Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform – MEWP (QCF).

Product objectives: 

Once you have completed this training, you will learn and be competent in the following:

  • The legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a MEWP
  • The safety considerations to be observed in organising a worksite
  • The equipment to be used and the inspection intervals
  • Selecting which type of MEWP to use Carrying out pre-work checks on the MEWP
  • Recognising and correcting faults on the MEWP
  • Checking the site for hazards
  • Understanding how to deal with emergencies
  • Operating the MEWP to achieve suitable work position
  • Removing lateral limbs using both handsaw and chainsaw
  • Removing vertical stem sections using a chainsaw
  • Correctly installing and positioning a pulling rope
  • How to tie basic knots – running bowline, timber hitch and clove hitch
  • Preparing MEWP for transport and tidy site.

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • MEWP equipment
  • Checks before using a MEWP
  • Setting up the MEWP
  • Chainsaw use
  • Completion of work.
Course / product type: 
Training Course
Assessment type: 
Training Only
Course / product delivery: 
Theory and practical based
2 Days
Min number of learners: 
Max number of learners: 
Working with Trees / Chainsaws
Operating Chainsaws from a MEWP