Stump Grinder

1/2 - 1 day depending on experience

Our stump grinder course are designed to provide your staff with the correct training and information to ensure that your company meets the legal requirements and will also reduce the risk of accidents when carrying out clearing and mulching operations. Every year a number of people are seriously injured by stump grinders and some fatally. This course trains staff to operate stump grinders safely and help avoid accidents.

Who Should Attend

Any person who is responsible for assisting in or operating stump grinders for removal of tree stumps following felling operations. These groups of people can include Horticulturalists, Arborists, Green Keepers, Parkland Staff and Council workers.

Course Objectives

  • To know and understand the roles of a stump grinder operator.
  • To identify potential hazardous areas related to the job.
  • To understand the key issues arising from the use of a stump grinder.
  • Identify areas of danger in using stump grinders.
  • Safeguarding pedestrians in an area where the stump grinder is to be used.
  • Demonstrate competence in the safe use and operation of stump grinders.

Course Content

  • Understand the main legal requirements relating to operating stump grinders with particular reference to the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2006 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (NI) 1999.
  • Identify and comply with the relevant manufacturer’s instructions manuals.
  • Identify various hazards associated with the use of stump grinders including noise, vibration, entanglement, ejection of material being mulched and manual handling.
  • Identify key controls, functions and any required pre-use checks.
  • Prepare the stump grinder for operation including fuelling and refuelling operations.
  • Carry out any basic routine maintenance to the stump grinder including using any manufacturer’s tool kits.
  • Start, stop and operate the stump grinder safely and efficiently.
  • Store and transport the stump grinder safely.
  • Carry out any required post operation checks.
  • Identify all PPE minimum requirements relating to the stump grinder.
  • Theoretical Assessment.
  • Practical Assessment.

What do I get if I pass the course?

Delegates who successfully complete this course will be awarded a stump grinder Operators Certificate of Training and a photo id card.

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