Award in the Safe Use of a Stump Grinder 20-53

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2

Award in the Safe Use of a Stump Grinder 20-53

Professionals such as landscapers, arborists, railway, councils within the land based sector use stump grinders to remove a tree stump as other methods can be time consuming or labour intensive and in some cases not possible by any other means due to the physical nature of the task.

Stump grinders are an amazing piece of equipment that really help to ease some of the pressure and removal time of stumps, however they can be dangerous if used incorrectly for not only the user but other people working or having access to the area.

This course covers the use of self-propelled, pedestrian and tractor mounted stump grinders.

By completing this course, you will be meeting requirements under Health and Safety and in particular the PUWER regulations.

Award in the Safe Use of a Stump Grinder 20-53 City and Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:
1) Know how to carry out a risk assessment.
2) Know the current health and safety legislation and environmental good practice that underpins stump grinder operations.
3) Know the appropriate PPE for the use of the stump grinder.
4) Demonstrate how to check and maintain the stump grinder.
5) Demonstrate how to operate a stump grinder.
6) Know how to carry out post-operative checks on the stump grinder.
7) Know how to clean and appropriately store a stump grinder.

Minimum numbers of 4 are required for this course to run, potential dates are:

17th February 2020

8th May 2020

27th July 2020

Training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person.
Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £140 per person.

Total £260 per person

All fees are payable upon booking.

Please note that these fees are based on 4 people attending the course.

You will require:
1) Safety footwear.
2) Gloves.
3) Helmet with visor and ear defenders.

The rest of the equipment will be provided by us.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment and machinery to discuss suitability.

One extended day due to integrated training and assessment method (all training and assessment is carried out in the same day).

Award in the Safe Use of a Stump Grinder City and Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have four people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.
Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Safe Use of a Stump Grinder – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

One day, safe use of stump grinder training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Why do I need a ticket?

If you are working on land that you own and have checked with your insurance, you may not need a ticket. However, if you work for someone else and are working in the public domain then a grinder ticket is required to keep the insurance company happy. Also, for your own professional development, each machine has its own little quirks and if someone is paying you to remove a stump as a professional it’s better to know exactly what you are doing.

What is a stump grinder used for?

A stump grinder is used to extract as much of the below surface tree stump as possible to be able to clear the area ready for re planting or grassing over.

What different stump grinders are there?

There are lots of different stump grinders from PTO driven to self-propelled, they are all designed to do the same job, it’s down to the size of tree and access to the site that affects the machine you would use.

Can I use our small pedestrian machine for the course?

Yes, if it has all the safety markers and is fit for use, then there is no reason why not.

How much maintenance is involved?

As with all the machinery-based tickets available, there is a certain amount of maintenance that needs to be covered to gain the qualification. You aren’t expected to strip the whole machine down on the course but you are to go through the key features and discuss differences between machines you will come across in the job. The maintenance does require you to change the teeth and service the power plant as normal so the first part of the day will be cover the maintenance of the machine.

Do I need to use a CAT scanner?

It is highly advisable to have scanned the ground and looked at service drawings on the area you are going to grind. Stump grinders are brilliant at finding every cable, pipe and wire that you don’t want them to, which can prove costly for you.

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