Storm Damaged Tree Cleanup Training

— Written By Anelle Ammons

tree cleanup

DATE: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TIME: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Union County Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112

Training presented by North American Training Solutions.

Eligibility Recommendations: Experienced chainsaw operators who are trained in basic chainsaw safety, use and maintenance. You should have prior chainsaw training, or considerable experience prior to this course.

Applicable Standards: This course meets the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 Criteria or Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, as well as OSHA 1910.266 and ANSI Z133.

Important: Attendees must wear the following PPE: eye protection, head protection, and ear protection.

Ropes, Knots, Hardware, and Mechanical Advantage

  • Rope use, care, factor of safety, bend radius, tensile strength and cycles to failure
  • Connecting links, port-a-wrap, robe grabs use, care (advantages and limitations)
  • Slings, knots and hitches, use, care, and maintenance
  • Using wedges, pull lines, hand lines, levers (advantages and limitations)
  • Mechanical advantage using Z-rigs and fiddle blocks and winches/jacks

Hazard and Danger Tree Cutting and Felling

  • Hazard and danger tree identification; leaners, snags, hangers, widow makers and decay
  • Compression and tension and identifying and evaluating leans and loads
  • Notch/hinge/cut release strategies that maximize control and safety
  • Dealing with large diameter spring poles under various load factors (river, snow, ice)

Technical Cutting and Releasing Hung and Snagged Trees

  • Key notch, controlled kneehinge, mis-match/bypass cut and bore cut

Cost: $20.00 (for lunch)

CEUs applied for.

Questions – Debbie D. Dillion, Extension Agent Horticulture, NC State University, 704-283-3729 or

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