Jim Olive

Chainsaw Safety Specialists, LLC is a chainsaw safety training organization located in Northern Wisconsin. Jim Olive and Lee Schauman have been involved in professional chainsaw safety training for a combined 35 years. They began their career as chainsaw safety trainers in the logging industry, and started their own business, Chainsaw Safety Specialists, in 2012. Their many years of experience gives them the background and knowledge needed to provide premier chainsaw safety training to anyone who uses a chainsaw.

Since 2012, their client list has grown to include: the WI. DNR, WI. DOT, MN DOT, MN DNR, MN STS ( DOC ), as well as many other state organizations. In addition, several insurance companies that insure municipalities and counties, county governments throughout WI. and MN., and individual groups such as Trout Unlimited, Boy Scouts, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Iowa Rural Electric Co – op, Dairyland Power, MEUW, are counted among their clients, just to name a few.

Their training programs include coverage and explanations of OSHA Regulations as well as:

1. Required PPE including required and /or recommended items and when those items need to be replaced.

2. Chainsaw maintenance detailing information on daily and periodic preventive maintenance. Items covered include bar and chain maintenance, drive system maintenance (sprocket, clutch, clutch bearing), filters, and spark plug. More advanced maintenance training is available based on participant requests.

3. Saw chain sharpening with demonstration and hands on participation. Additional training covers information on how the cutter works, types and sizes of chains, files, different types of filing methods, guides and gauges available and how to use them, proper bar/chains combinations for best performance, different styles of cutter and their specific uses and much, much more.

4. Demonstration and hands on training on proper felling techniques. Discussion will include 5 step felling plan, different types of felling methods along with advantages and disadvantages of each. We also provide training on directional felling techniques, wedging, proper notching, back cuts, etc.

5. Proper limbing and bucking techniques including specialized cutting methods to prevent injury and enhance safety, efficiency and quality.

Chainsaw Safety Training and Experience

Jim and Lee have first hand knowledge of all aspects of OSHA regulations as they relate to chainsaw use. They have a long history of working with OSHA consultants and inspectors to keep abreast of ever changing regulations. Lee has been hired by Law Firms to be an expert witness several times over the years relating to chainsaw and tree felling accidents.

Their extensive experience and training includes:

  • An  S – 212 DNR certification
  • Previous Game of Logging competition judges
  • Multiple levels of chainsaw maintenance certifications

Lee semiretired from the company in 2021, but may subcontract as a consultant from time-to-time. Jim  will continue to provide the professional, quality chainsaw safety training programs that have been their trademark in the industry for many years. They are continually updating their skills to bring the latest techniques and information to their clients.

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