Chainsaw Training – What You Need to Know
chainsaw in action

Published on

March 17 2017

Most farms possess a chainsaw, which can be used for cutting firewood, topping fence posts, thinning coppices and felling large trees. No forestry machinery, particularly the farm chainsaw, should be used without adequate training, an understanding of the risks involved, the correct protective clothing and proper communication arrangements.

Chainsaws can potentially be very dangerous machines, with the capability to cause fatal or major injuries if not used correctly. It is essential that anyone who uses one at work receives full and adequate training and is competent in using a chainsaw for the work that they are to carry out. This includes people working in many industries including agriculture, horticulture, local authorities, conservation, construction, and the land-based industry.

chainsaw on bench

At Lantra, we work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure that our materials reflect current safe working practices. We offer a large range of chainsaw courses, including basic training to specialist training for those working in forestry and arboriculture. 

In addition, we offer a Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting training course for occasional users. This course is designed to provide users with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure they are not only confident when using a chainsaw, but also with a full understanding and awareness of the relevant health and safety guidelines to ensure their protection.

felling large tree

It is recommended that anyone using a chainsaw in a professional capacity registers for our Lantra Awards Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting training course and the Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting qualification.

All Lantra Awards courses provide an opportunity for candidates to gain an industry recognised certificate and the training includes theory and practical activities during the day.