Safe Operation of Chainsaws: 10 Steps to Keep You Safe

by | Jul 17, 2022 | Blog, Featured Posts, General Construction Safety in QLD | 0 comments

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Chainsaws are immensely popular tools used in the construction industry. While they are incredibly useful, they can also can be dangerous pieces of equipment if not operated safely. In this blog post, we will go over 10 steps that you can take to safely operate a chainsaw and reduce the risk of injury.

Chainsaws can cause serious injuries if not used properly. The most common type of injury from a chainsaw is a laceration, which can occur when the chain comes into contact with your skin. Other common injuries include fractures, amputations, and crush injuries.

Tips for Safe Operation of Chainsaws:

  1. Before starting your chainsaw, be sure to read the owner’s manual. This will provide you with important safety information that you need to know before using the saw. Once you have read the manual, familiarise yourself with the saw by checking all of the moving parts and controls. Make sure that everything is in good working order and that there are no loose or missing parts. Become familiar with the controls of the chainsaw and know how to stop the blade quickly in case of an emergency.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings and be sure to clear away any potential hazards, such as rocks or branches, before beginning to cut. Make sure there are no people or animals nearby that could be injured if something went wrong. 
  3. Once you have checked the saw, put on the proper safety gear. This includes gloves, eye protection, ear protection, and a hard hat. Be sure that all of your clothing is snug-fitting and that there are no loose items that could get caught in the saw.
  4. Be sure to have a firm grip on the saw and that your feet are firmly planted on the ground. If you are cutting something that is taller than you, be sure to use a stool or other object to stand on so that you can reach the top of the item.
  5. When cutting with your chainsaw, be sure to keep the saw in front of you and use both hands. Do not try to cut with the saw held above your head, as this can be dangerous. Also, be sure to keep your fingers away from the chain while it is running.
  6. If you need to stop the chainsaw for any reason, be sure to turn it off completely. Do not try to stop the saw by letting go of it, as this can be dangerous.
  7. Never operate a chainsaw when you are tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  8. Keep the chainsaw blade sharp to avoid kickback. If the chainsaw does kick back, let go of it immediately and step away from the blade.
  9. Never put your hand near the moving chain.
  10. Always use caution when cutting above your head or near power lines.

What to do if you are injured by a chainsaw:

  • If you are injured while using a chainsaw, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Even if the injury seems minor, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 
  • If you have any questions about the proper care of your injury, be sure to consult with a medical professional. 

Chainsaws are handy tools that can make quick work of many tasks, however, they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Always follow these steps to help you stay safe when operating a chainsaw.

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