Title Evaluation and Implementation of Chainsaw Operators Certification
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_210
Product Accident report
Title Accident report
Marketing Text A Review of European Chainsaw Fatalities, Accidents and Trends
Description Due to the inherent risks and dangers associated with tree work, particularly in the use of chainsaws, and with increased mobility of tree workers throughout Europe, recognition and harmonisation of skills certification is becoming more important. A lack of recognition or understanding of the skills level of chainsaw operator’s certification has been a barrier to employers and operators alike throughout Europe.
Result As a result, of a careful mapping process of national occupational standards between a number of European countries, a core set of European/International chainsaw standards (ICS) have been developed. This process has been outlined in a separate report . These build upon various levels of skill from basic through to advanced and have taken into consideration problems and accidents affecting chainsaw operators. They cover the criteria necessary for employment within European tree work and related sectors. Pilot testing of the standards has been undertaken in the classroom, workshops and forests of Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic and the UK. This provided a broad perspective on the range of tree species, possible problems and different environments represented in a European context. During this period consultation with the tree work industry and numerous representatives throughout Europe has been ongoing.
Area of application By maintaining quality control at the International level NAB will foster the continuous improvement of national training and examination standards, which as a minimum, must meet the criteria set out within ICS and the rules & regulations developed within the ICC scheme. Positive implementation of these developments is likely to result in a more effective and competent European chainsaw operator leading to an overall reduction in accidents, and more importantly, less fatalities.
Product Languages English