Unit of competency details

FWPCOT2239 - Trim and cut felled trees (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 21/Feb/2018
(View details for release 1) Replaced13/May/2016

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPICOT2239A - Trim and cut felled trees 12/May/2016


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050501 Forestry Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050501 Forestry Studies  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package Version 3.0.

Release 1

This version released with FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package Version 2.0.

Application

This unit describes the outcomes required to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw and to complete operator maintenance. It applies to situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.

The unit applies to a forestry worker, chainsaw operator, forest harvester, harvesting technician and arboriculture worker.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states & territories at the time of publication, and may differ according to jurisdiction.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Common Technical

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS 

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. Prepare for trimming and cutting

1.1 Review work order and where required check with appropriate personnel.

1.2 Select appropriate personal protective and other equipment and check for operational effectiveness.

1.3 Plan trimming and cutting activities in line with work order and environmental conditions.

2. Visually assess felled trees

2.1 Assess tree location and stability for conditions likely to affect safety of trimming and cutting activities

2.2 Visually assess tree for defects and identify stresses within tree.

2.3 Mark trees too dangerous to cut safely and refer to appropriate personnel.

3. Plan cutting

3.1 Move or stabilise tree for safe cutting in line with site procedures.

3.2 Select cutting pattern to optimise time and manageable removal of sections.

3.3 Identify options for utilisation of product.

3.4 Plan cutting sequence to maintain control of cut sections and minimise cutting problems

3.5 Select cutting positions considering tree stresses.

3.6 Clear debris from work area to allow safe access and prevent saw damage and personal injury.

4. Use chainsaw to trim and cut trees

4.1 Monitor location and movement of other personnel and modify work to ensure safety

4.2 Establish and maintain communication to ensure safety

4.3 Secure tree section on each side of planned cut; evaluate and control potential movement.

4.4 Operate chainsaw to cut tree and limbs and adjust cutting technique in response to movement and condition of tree and limbs

4.5 Prepare cut sections for removal from the site.

5. Complete equipment maintenance

5.1 Follow organisational safety procedures to lock out equipment.

5.2 Check chain for bluntness or damage.

5.3 Remove, sharpen, adjust and replace chain and other components in line with manufacturer's recommendations.

5.4 Record and report trimming and cutting records, equipment faults and maintenance requirements to appropriate personnel.

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:

  • plan time-efficient cutting patterns and sequences
  • complete routine calculations and report on size, length and diameter of cut trees.

Oral communication skills to:

  • ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen to clarify contents of work plans

Reading skills to:

  • interpret:
  • workplace health and safety and other organisational procedures
  • work orders
  • manufacturers maintenance recommendations.

Writing skills to:

  • complete accurate basic records for tree trimming and cutting process, equipment faults and maintenance requirements.

Planning and organising skills to:

  • efficiently and logically sequence the stages of preparation for and cutting of trees using work order to guide activities.

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees Release 2

FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees Release 1

Minor typographical errors corrected

Equivalent unit

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 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package Version 3.0.

Release 1

This version released with FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package Version 2.0.

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:

  • safely and efficiently use a chainsaw to complete these activities:
  • trim and cut hardwood or softwood trees
  • delimb trees
  • trim branches
  • trim burls and other small growths
  • use these cutting techniques:
  • bridging cuts
  • swinging cuts
  • side bind cuts
  • boring
  • wedge cut
  • ripping cuts
  • trim and cut trees in these environmental conditions:
  • dry weather condition
  • wet weather condition
  • low and moderate wind speeds
  • complete the following maintenance on a chainsaw:
  • sharpening
  • refuelling
  • inspection, identification and replacement of bar, chain, drive sprockets
  • bar oil checks and top up
  • air filter, check, clean and replacement
  • cleaning of saw body, air intake vents and cooling fans
  • fitting spare chain and tension chain.

Knowledge Evidence

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

  • environmental protection measures including:
  • action to limit the impact of noise, wind speed and direction, fallen trees, ground slope, ground hazards and obstacles, general forest lean
  • action to limit the impact to ground growth, canopy, density of trees
  • action to limit the impact on flora, fauna and habitat
  • soil and water protection
  • cleaning plant, tools and equipment
  • disposing of, recycling and reusing timber and other waste
  • key features of these varying environmental conditions and effects on tree cutting and trimming activities:
  • ground growth
  • ground hazards and obstacles
  • ground slope
  • wet and adverse weather conditions
  • wind speed and direction
  • typical tree defects and how they affect tree cutting activities:
  • splits
  • falling damage
  • fire damage
  • insect infestation
  • pipe
  • shake
  • twist
  • knots and resin pockets
  • typical tree stresses and how they affect tree cutting activities
  • tension (fibres being stretched)
  • compression (fibres being squashed)
  • neutral fibres
  • range of chainsaw cutting techniques:
  • bridging cuts
  • swinging cuts
  • side bind cuts
  • delimbing
  • boring
  • wedge cut
  • ripping cuts
  • cutting patterns used to optimise time and recovery of product from trees
  • cutting sequences used to maintain control of cut sections and minimise cutting problems
  • purpose, features, operation and basic non-specialist repair and maintenance: of chainsaws
  • methods for assessing chain condition
  • organisational procedures specific to tree trimming and cutting activities:
  • workplace health and safety with particular emphasis on equipment lock out and use of personal protective equipment
  • communication reporting lines
  • recording and reporting tree cutting outcomes, equipment faults and maintenance requirements.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

  • chainsaws
  • chainsaw fuel and oil containers
  • support tools (hammer, wedges, logging tape, cant hook or breaking bar)
  • maintenance tools and equipment for chainsaws
  • personal protective equipment suitable for cutting trees and maintaining chainsaws
  • manufacturers instructions for use and maintenance of equipment
  • work order with specific instructions for tree cutting activities
  • template reports for recording tree cutting outcomes, equipment faults and maintenance requirements
  • organisational procedures for tree trimming and cutting activities.

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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