Chainsaws are extremely dangerous tools, especially when the person handling them is not fully trained in how to use them.
Here are a few Chainsaw Safety Tips:
• Safety equipment
Make sure that you are appropriately dressed for handling chainsaws. Some will come with safety features for example a fail-safe so you can stop the chainsaw at any time with the press of a button.
A common injury is that sometimes the saw can break the skin, but of course there are much more severe injuries that are possible however, no potential injury with a chainsaw is to be taken lightly.
• Handling the saw
The thumb grip – keep your thumb and fingers completely around the handles and with your other thumb hold steady under the front handle, this reduces kickback (makes sure the chain stops when not handled correctly).
Close contact – hold the saw close to your body, this helps balance and accuracy.
Safety distance – confirm that no one is within three metres when using the chainsaw.
Chain off – the chain can’t be on and moving when moving around to another spot.
Last but not least, why not take a course in Chainsaw Safety? They are great way to make sure you are using them correctly.