Unit of competency details

FWPCOT3238 - Operate a pole saw (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 13/May/2016

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPICOT3238B - Operate a pole saw 12/May/2016


Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
FWP - Forest and Wood Products Training PackageForest and Wood Products Training Package 2.0 
AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training PackageAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package 1.0-1.1 

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comment 

1

Replaces equivalent unit FPICOT3238B Operate a pole saw, which was first released with FPI11 Forest and Forest Products Training Package Version 1.

Change of title to more accurately reflect the intended application of unit for use of power driven pole-mounted chain saws

This is the first release in the new standards format.

Application

This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to trim high branches reachable with a power driven pole saw and to promote tree growth by trimming and felling excess branches.

Power driven pole saw in this unit refers to professional standard pole-mounted chain saws that are typically fuel types, but may be battery powered, and generally telescopic.

It applies to those who operate a pole saw in a forest environment and includes equipment maintenance.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Forest Growing and Management

Harvesting and Haulage

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. for trimming

1.1 Identify and follow WHS, environmental, legal and organisational requirements for operating a pole saw.

1.2 Review work order and clarify with appropriate personnel.

1.3 Select equipment appropriate to work requirements and check for serviceable condition in line with manufacturer recommendations.

1.4 Carry out pre-startup checks of pole saw in line with site requirements.

1.5 Establish and maintain communication with others to ensure safety.

2. Assess trees

2.1 Identify and assess tree type, location and stability for safe working conditions.

2.2 Plan the trim of a tree in line with site procedures and environmental conditions.

2.3 Identify trees unable to be trimmed safely and refer to appropriate personnel.

2.4 Determine whether the height of the branch is within safe reach when using the pole saw

2.5 Establish general falling direction of branches and limbs to be trimmed and identify clear escape route.

3. Trim trees

3.1 Trim accessible branches and knots to specifications in line with manufacturer recommendations and organisational safe work practices for angle and height allowances.

3.2 Monitor movement and whereabouts of other personnel to ensure work site is safe.

3.3 Undertake sequence of cuts to trim tree branches.

3.4 Operate pole saw in line with safety regulations, adjusting technique in response to condition of the tree.

3.5 Diagnose unexpected characteristics of a tree during trimming operations and review tree assessment if required.

3.6 Complete cutting once initiated, to minimise splitting.

3.7 Clear cut branches from the site in line with standard operating procedures and environmental requirements.

3.8 Record and report trimming activity.

4. Conduct operator maintenance

4.1 Follow lock-out procedures in line with WHS legislation and site procedures.

4.2 Inspect condition of saw and other equipment on completion of trimming activities.

4.3 Remove, sharpen, adjust or replace chain and other components, in line with manufacturer recommendations.

4.4 Recycle, re-use or dispose of blunt or damaged chain and other components in line with environmental requirements.

4.5 Clear pole saw of dust, shavings and debris and check to make sure it meets relevant operational standards.

4.6 Record and report equipment faults and maintenance activity.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Numeracy skills to:

  • sharpen chain with files set to correct angles.

Writing skills to:

  • record trimming activity and maintenance records.

Problem solving skills to:

  • to identify problems and equipment faults and select treatments
  • identify appropriate branches to be trimmed
  • assess the capacity and suitability of equipment to the task of trimming trees.

Range of Conditions

Not Applicable

Unit Mapping Information

FPICOT3238B Operate a pole saw.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0d96fe23-5747-4c01-9d6f-3509ff8d3d47

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comment 

1

Replaces equivalent unit FPICOT3238B Operate a pole saw, which was first released with FPI11 Forest and Forest Products Training Package Version 1. This is the first release in the new standards format.

Assessment requirements now specify the performance and knowledge evidence, as well as assessment conditions for this unit of competency. These sections simplify and replace components used in the previous unit format, including Required Skills and Knowledge, Evidence Guide and Range Statement

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit.  If a specific volume or frequency is not stated below, then evidence must be provided that the following requirements have been performed on at least one occasion:

  • undertake trimming with a pole saw to correctly and safely demonstrate competency in the following:
  • assess trees and site conditions to work safely
  • correct use of safety attire and protective equipment
  • conduct pre-operational checks of pole saw
  • trim trees at safe height and angle in line with manufacturer recommendations and organisational safe working practices
  • select/adjust trimming sequence and cutting techniques in response to various tree characteristics and site conditions
  • conduct operator maintenance

Knowledge Evidence

A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • workplace requirements and site standards for carrying out pole saw operations
  • environmental risks and hazards associated with trimming trees with a pole saw
  • characteristics of trees and timber defects
  • Branch Bark Ridge (BBR) and Bark Branch Collar (BBC)
  • appropriate trimming sequence and cutting techniques
  • manufacturer recommendations and organisational safe working practices for operating a pole saw at safe height and angle limits
  • methods for assessing condition of pole saw chain
  • established communication channels and protocols
  • problem identification and resolution strategies, and common fault finding techniques
  • procedures for recording and reporting workplace information.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

  • a professional standard fuel or battery powered pole-mounted chain saw with telescopic extension
  • work order, workplace requirements and site standards for conducting pole saw operations
  • relevant personnel for the purposes of communicating information

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated environment that accurately reflects performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessor requirements 

Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0d96fe23-5747-4c01-9d6f-3509ff8d3d47

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