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Stump Grinders

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To enable course members to:

  • Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for stump grinding operations
  • State the principles of HSE legislation and safety guidelines for using a stump grinder
  • Select the appropriate PPE and state the maintenance requirements
  • Carry out operator checks and identify the safety features of a stump grinder
  • Carry out routine operator maintenance
  • Inspect and identify defects on the grinding mechanism
  • Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop machine.
  • Prepare a work area and a range of stumps for grinding and identify hazardous materials not to be ground
  • Use approved techniques for safe and efficient stump grinding of a range of stump sizes
  • State the procedure for removing blockages
  • Re-instate ground and deal with arisings
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage

The use of the manufacturer’s instruction book is stressed at all times to ensure
maintenance and adjustments are carried out to manufacturers’ recommendations.

Who is the Course For?
Any person employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance that is or will be required to operate Stump Grinders. Inexperienced members may require longer than the stated guide times to fully utilise the information supplied.
This is an Integrated Training and Assessment (ITA) course, and successful candidates
will receive a Certificate of Basic Training and ID card

One day

Instructor/Trainee Ratio
Max: 1:4 for novices
Max: 1:6 for experienced operators (Evidence of experience required)

Course Content
Risk Assessment
Personal Protective Equipment
Pre-use checks
Safety Features
Routine checks and maintenance
Grinding mechanism
Start machine and carry out safety checks
Preparation of site , machine and materials
Operation of Stump Grinder
Unblocking Stump Grinder
Re-instate ground and deal with arisings
Cleaning, transport and storage

Equipment Required
Stump Grinder complying with safety regulations as per AFAGSafety Guide 606
Operator’s instruction books and service manuals for all machinery
Trainees will be asked to bring:-
Notebook and pencil
Safety Helmet
Ear defenders
Visor or Safety goggles
Gloves with close fitting cuffs
Safety boots
Hi-viz clothing
Passport photos for Skills ID card
Fuel in appropriate container for own machine
Tool kit for own machine
Dry, clean workshop with light and heating (if necessary).
Suitable site for practical operation including stumps to be ground

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