Chainsaws are valuable tools primarily used for forestry projects for many projects including pruning, cutting, felling, and harvesting wood. Without proper training and operating techniques, chainsaws can be very dangerous.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn when operating a chainsaw. Some of this equipment may include:
- Hard Hat
- Hearing Protection
- Face Shield
- Hand Protection
- Leg Protection
Consult your company policies and procedures documents, in addition to local legislation to determine the appropriate PPE for your task at hand.
Conduct regular inspections of chainsaws prior to use to ensure that the safety features of the saw are in place. Additionally, check to ensure that there are no damaged or loose/missing parts.
- Plan before you start cutting
- Always use the appropriate sized chainsaw and accessories for the task at hand
- Select a safe place for the tree to fall- ensure that there are no obstructions such as overhead powerlines or buildings
- Keep the saw clean of debris such as sawdust and oil
- Ensure safe footing
- Keep both hands on the saw while it is cutting
- Maintain a firm grip
- Keep good maintenance of saw
- Do not cut alone
- Do not remove any of the built-in chainsaw safety features
- Do not make adjustments to the chain or guide bar when the motor is running
- Do not operate chainsaw if it is backfiring
- Do not stand directly behind the saw while cutting
- Do not operate the saw above shoulder height