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Mulcher Operator - Line Clearing

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Uploaded on Jan 8, 2008

In order to operate a mulcher safely and efficiently, there are a number of criteria that must be met:

Necessary knowledge & skills:
 GPS operations
 Map Reading
 Mechanical aptitude
 Communication Skills
 General knowledge of forestry environments & terrain conditions
 Problem-solving skills
 Decision-making skills
 Knowledge of applicable regulations
 Writing & grammar skills
 Knowledge of seismic & international colour coding systems
 Recognition of permanent sample plots (PSP's)
 Mulcher traveling and cutting limitations
 Forestry requirements for timber salvage
 Ground disturbance requirements,

Required training certificates:
 Alberta -- St John's Ambulance Standard First Aid (or similar)
 WorkSafe BC -- Level 1 First Aid (or equivalent) plus transportation endorsement
 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS),

Appropriate worker traits and behaviours,

Demonstrated competency in mulcher operations:
 Able & willing to assume responsibility for the safe working operation of a mulcher
 Knowing & understanding applicable regulations and codes for the seismic industry & the safe operating procedures for mulching
 Ensuring the mulcher meets or exceeds all applicable safety standards
 Ensuring the mulcher is in good state of repair and in safe operating condition
 Maintaining physical condition to be capable of operating the mulcher without risk to personal health and safety of others
 Ensuring no new hazards are introduced into the worksite that might endanger other workers or other persons
 Ensuring all tress are completely felled or properly marked with their location identified and communicated to the supervisor and all other affected workers
 Maintaining prescribed safe working distances from other workers and other machines,

Ability to assume specified responsibilities.

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