Many people use chainsaws away from work to cut up firewood or to take down a tree. This limited experience does not qualify you as an expert in certain situations. If you're taking down a tree, ensure that there is room for the tree to fall. If it gets caught on other trees, it can roll off the branches or snap them, trapping you, the "amateur. Never work under a "hung-up" tree. Experts can predict where a tree will fall and how the cut end will move off the stump. They know when to step aside. What looks easy requires much practice and often years of experience. If you plan to use a chainsaw to cut down a tree at home:
As a wise worker, you know the limitations of the chainsaw. You also know that wearing the right personal protective equipment (PPE) is the only thing that might prevent an injury if a mistake has been made. Occupational Health & Safety legislation and manufacturer's specifications recommend protection for your head, ears, eyes, face, hands, legs and feet. Safety-wise workers and companies tackle safety from all angles. Wearing the right safety equipment, proper use and maintenance of chainsaws, and following safety procedures is the best way to ensure a good safety record all around.
Chainsaws and other portable power tools are very useful in the construction industry. But in order to truly save time, effort and money, chainsaws must be operated safely, efficiently and according to manufacturer's specifications. Accidents involving chainsaws are frequent. Most injuries occur when the operator makes contact with the chain or when the object being cut falls on the operator. In many cases, these kinds of accidents can be easily avoided. Following basic safety procedures will help reduce injuries.
Make sure you know all the operating procedures for the chainsaw you use by reading the manufacturer's specifications. Find out the answers to any questions before you start. An unsure operator is an unsafe operator. Inspect the saw careful. Watch for:
Don't us the chainsaw if it's not up to standard.
Review the starting procedures and controls for the model you are using. Be sure you are confident before you start it. Mix gasoline and engine oil according to manufacturer's recommendations. Don't fuel the saw if it is still hot from previous use.
Following basic safety rules and common sense will allow you to enjoy your daily work. Going at a steady pace with your focus on safety will please you and your boss. Follow basic safety practices:
Is the upward motion of the guide bar. It's sudden, unexpected and dangerous. Guarding against kickback requires your special attention. Follow legislation and manufacturer's recommendations. Work with your co-workers to get the job done right - and safe.
For more information, refer to current applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.