Brushcutters/trimmers – what you need to know

STIHL A000E018 GRUEN
STIHL A000E018 GRUEN

Anyone employed in the agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance industry who currently operates, or will be required to operate, a brushcutter/trimmer will need to be competent in its use.

Brushcutters/trimmers are capable of operating in difficult, rugged and uneven terrains and situations. However, they have the potential to be very dangerous machines. All operators must be aware of what a brushcutter does and how it works, the need for correct protective clothing, correct maintenance and the observance of safe operating procedures.

Lantra offers a certified training course which is available to anyone over the age of 16 who is involved in the operation of brushcutter/trimmers. The Lantra Awards Technical Award in Brushcutters/Trimmers – Maintenance and Operation is a two day course for novices, or a one day course for experienced operators, with integrated assessment by the instructor. This is recognised by the HSE.

The training course has a real practical bias, and whilst you will cover basic risk assessments and health and safety legislation, you’ll also be carrying out the inspection and routine maintenance on the brushcutter/trimmer, as well as observing environmental factors.

This courses also covers the reasons behind safety considerations, guidance on how to maintain a safe working environment and an understanding of how to optimise your work rate.

To find a Lantra Awards training provider offering this course, visit www.lantra.co.uk/CourseFinder, or contact the Northern Ireland office on ni@lantra.co.uk or 07867 908 171.