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 host a one-day safety workshop to help people safely operate one of the most useful, and dangerous, outdoor tools: chainsaws.

The workshop will take place 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. Oslund 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.