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Project Risk Assessment – New replacement for JHA
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The old JHA (Job Hazard Analysis) has been replaced by the Project Risk Assessment. The newer form list each potential problem and the risk of going forward. This is the chain saw version, there is one for every category just like the JHA. Click here to download the PDF Viewer Presentation called Project Risk Asssessment- Chain Saw

OHLEC – Objective-Hazzards- Leans-Escape Route- Cut plan
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OHLEC is what we would call a new strategy being used when a sawyer approaches any given cutting situation. Using this strategy a sawyer can access any potential situation in falling or bucking and limbing. The sawyer stating what they see and what their plan is, the rest of the trail crew now knows what to expect. If the sawyer … Read More

Forest Service Chain Saw policy
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In the new chain saw policy Volunteers are permitted to become saw certifiers at the C bucking and Limbing level for both chain saw & cross cut. Starting on page 18 volunteers can view the qualification’s they will be required to demonstrate for each sawyer level. One of the first things a volunteer should do is contact there Regional Saw … Read More

Hung-up Tree Awareness
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Here is an older presentation on how to assess a tree the is hang-up, leaning into another tree that may come down on the trail. It discusses complex situations you could be confronted with and what you should safely mitigate the most complex situations there is today when volunteering in your public forest keeping trails open. This helps you to … Read More

Saw Program Myths
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Take the quiz and test your Chain saw knowledge.

Hot weather chain saw starting
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Have you ever had this problem ? here are a few tips that might help

Fuel Geysering
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Fuel Geysering is the forceful expulsion of fuel in vapor and liquid form due to the rapid depressurization of the fuel tank. It is similar to a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion spewing from lid after opening. Fule Geysering has caused burn injuries. Please familiarize yourself by reading the information below, or select this link to open the information in … Read More