Reed City to host chainsaw safety workshop

REED CITY — Spring is here, which for many means the start of a lot of outdoor work. The Osceola-Lake and Mecosta Conservation Districts will being hosting a one-day safety workshop to help people safely operate one of the most useful, and dangerous, outdoor tools: chainsaws.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Reed City Depot. It will consist of five hours of classroom instruction followed by an optional two hour field demonstration.

The course is offered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and will be taught by Chuck Oslund, a retired surveyor and firefighter for the USDA Forest Service. Chuck has more than 25 years of professional chainsaw experience and training which he has incorporated into a chainsaw safety system.

This seminar will teach why each saw operator must have a safety system, the elements of a good safety system, mental aspects of safety, safer chainsaw handling techniques and the safest ways to fall a large diameter tree.

The workshop is free of charge. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Osceola-Lake Conservation District office at (231) 832-5341 or Mecosta Conservation District office at (231) 796-0909 ext. 3. They ask all applicants to respond by May 4.