Working Safely with Chainsaws – Safety Topic

Working Safely with Chainsaws – Safety Topic

chainsaw-safetyChainsaws are one of the most efficient and widely used, yet dangerous, power tools in the industry today. Improper handling, training and protective gear can lead to instant catastrophic injury or death. Here are some tips for staying safe:

Before starting the chainsaw:

  • Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles
  • Fuel the saw at least 10 feet away from ignition sources
  • Never drop start a chainsaw, always start on the ground
  • Always inspect the item thoroughly before cutting
  • Clear the area of obstacles that may interfere with cutting or retreat

While the chainsaw is running:

  • Keep hands on handles and maintain secure footing
  • Do not cut directly overhead
  • Shut off or release throttle prior to retreating
  • Be prepared for kickback; use saws that reduce kickback behavior
  • Never cut with the tip, do not remove factory installed tip guards
  • Do not refuel until the motor has cooled
  • Stay aware of your surroundings

Chainsaw PPE:

  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses with side shields
  • Steel-toed boots, with heavy tread
  • Hearing protection, including anyone working within 10 feet
  • Cut resistant gloves
  • Cut resistant pants/chaps
  • All clothing should be well-fitted to prevent entanglement

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Work SAFE.