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Chain Saw Safety and Cutting Techniques Course

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Great Wolf Lodge*

*location changed on 8/29/2019

Instructor: Dustin Brighton, CTSP, ISA Certified Arborist, Adjunct Instructor at Bay College of MI
Owner, Ropes and Rigging Tree Service, LLC

With a vast array of education from Fireman, EMT, RIT Instructor to Trainer for Arboriculture of Canada Chainsaw safety, and certifications from HAZ-MAT, NIMS ICS, Rope Rescue Technician level (MUSAR), Dustin is a prepared individual in a vast array of scenarios  - Farms to Terrorism.

This course is part of the ASM Fall Conference - ArborFest, but is a separate registration. The course runs from 8:30am-2:30pm and includes morning beverages and lunch.

ISA CEU's and TCIA CTSP credits are available.

Accidents involving chain saws are a significant concern for tree care and landscape employers, the employees who operate the equipment, and manufacturers alike. Strong anecdotal information from the field tells us that chain saw operators receive little or no formal training on chain saw operation and field maintenance.

This 6-hour course will cover all aspects of chainsaw safety, handling, maintenance including the six-step felling process of how to properly fell a tree also dealing with trees after they are on the ground limbing and bucking. Some hands-on performing of notching, saw handling and felling will be incorporated. This course is MIOSHA M-TEC GRANT FUNDED. 

  • Culture of Chain Saw Safety in USA and Worldwide
  • Chainsaw/ tree cutting fatality and injury statistics
  • PPE 
  • How a chainsaw cuts 
  • Reactive forces of a chainsaw 
  • Safety features of a chainsaw 
  • Job site emergency preparedness
  • First Aid for chainsaw injuries 
  • Proper starting and handling techniques 
  • The 6 step tree felling process 
  • Limbing and bucking
  • Chainsaw maintenance 

ASM has a few PPE items for use
- Chain Saw
- Chain Saw Pants/Chaps
- Rain Gear

Waivers are available to sign if you plan to participate in the actual cutting/hands-on portion of the afternoon session.

Optional Material for Purchase - TCIA Chain Saw Specialist Manual
see details below.


Refund requests for event registration fees must be submitted in writing via email or mail no later than 7 days prior to the start of an event to receive a refund. A $50.00 administration fee will be assessed for all cancellations. Refund requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the event will not be accepted.

Event registration serves as a contract between the registrant and ASM. Payment for event registration is the responsibility of the registrant. The registrant agrees to these terms and the contract becomes active upon ASM receiving the completed registration via email or mail.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N. US 31 South
Traverse City, MI  49684

Annie Kruise
517-337-4999 (p)
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
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Chain Saw Safety and Cutting Techniques Course
TCIA Chain Saw Specialist Handbook