Dear Station Members,
By now, anyone in our Station would have understood the power & danger in operating chainsaws to carry out pruning &/or removing trees. Yet in HK, hardly any institute would offer his kind of training to the private sector. On the other hand, it is our private sector most frequently using chainsaws day in day out in contracting work & routine maintenance.
It is understood by this Station that hardly any landscape worker in our territory, be they woman or senile, has the opportunity to receive proper chainsaw training in accordance with international practice in operating this high speed cutting machine. Then when accident would happen, the incident would hardly came out big in the media & would be classified as an ordinary industrial accident in the injury categories.
In view of this, TCHK (http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/treeclimbinghk) had gathered resources locally to open up the first chainsaw training for our private sector in HK on 25.5.08. It was tested to be a genuine success with first timers & experienced workers, reviewing their practice & knowledge in accordance with international practices. In the longer run, this will save them perils to stay long & healthy in the industry.
TCHK is now planning to offer the 2nd chainsaw training to its members as well as to the public with information attached. In this round, it is designed to target landscape workers & their supervisors, or anybody interested to learn chainsaw from scratch. The training is suitable for anyone who can speak Cantonese & it is in most parts practical work in the field rather than power point in the classroom. It is aimed to train someone to operate this dangerous tool in the field rather than just talk, talk & talk.
Since the training session can only accommodate 15 candidates (Tutor to student ratio is 1 : 5 for safety reason), it is likely to run full very soon. TCHK is currently the only institute locally which can provide training of this kind to our private sector, & there must be hundreds of workers requiring to operate chainsaw in our landscape industry on a regular basis. In accordance with OSHC laws of HK (CAP 509), every employer is required to provide suitable training & equipment for their workers to carry out a designated duty. This Ordinance would cover chainsaw & any violation is liable with insurance discharge & penalty by Dept of Labour.
For work safety & efficiency, investing time & money for chainsaw training is absolutely necessary. Typhoon season is here & there will be fallen trees requiring chainsaw cutting. Accidents would likely to follow if no training is to be provided. Legal action may follow after that. Therefore, why not prevent it before happening?
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued by TCHK to any candidate completed the training. This Certificate can be shown to Site Safety Officers for acknowledging appropriate training has been given to the candidate in operating a chainsaw on ground in accordance with international practice. It is also an evidence in Court by employer that appropriate training has been provided to staff to use chainsaw in the event of an accident.
TCHK looks forward to help our landscape industry by filling in vacuum with offering local training in arboriculture, starting from tree climbing & chainsaw.
The ISA Mission - Through research, technology, and education, promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of the benefits of trees. (http://www.isa-arbor.com/)
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