Chainsaws are used in many different applications and tasks, but it is amazing how many people do not know how to safely operate one. Since a chainsaw can do significant damage to you, it is worth learning a few safety tips that will not only ensure that you do the job right, but also that you protect yourself always. Here are the top safety tips you should abide by when operating or working near a chainsaw.
Always wear protective eye gear
This cannot be said enough. Debris from the chainsaw can fly into your eyes and cause more than just irritation. Many people cause damage to or even lose their eyes for failure to protect them. Since you rely on your eyes to see, protecting them is simply a no-brainer.
Ensure that you wear protective clothing when you use a chainsaw. This includes wearing protective pants, gloves, and shoes. With any heavy-duty piece of equipment, you should always wear specialized clothing to avoid serious injury.
Handling the Saw
Always operate the chainsaw in the direction going away from you. Never bring a chainsaw toward you while it is in operation. It only takes a single slip of the hand to result in an injury that can prove to be fatal. Always keep both hands on the chainsaw while it is in operation. Having two hands on the machinery can help to keep it under control during operation. It is not unheard of for equipment to fail so taking precautions measures will ensure you are not injured in the process should the chainsaw kickback.
Keep a first aid kit on hand always. This is a basic maneuver that many people do not adhere to. Having a first aid kit on hand can help you tend to injuries – no matter how severe – immediately. Failure to keep a first aid kit on hand is a violation of OSHA regulations, especially in the workplace.
Never work alone
If possible never work alone. If something happens while you’re alone you could be in big trouble. Always make sure while the chainsaw is in operation you have a firm grip on the saw’s handles, and that you have a solid stance. Clear any and all debris from the area before you begin cutting. This includes dirt, nails, other wood, and anything that could possibly harm you or your equipment. If you need to move either turn off the saw or engage the chain-brake. Never cut with the tip of the saw. This could lead to kickback, meaning the saw may fly back at you and cut you.
There are many different projects that you can tackle with a chainsaw, which is why many people have them in the house. While many people are never injured in the use of a chainsaw, some people suffer great injuries because they become careless. Always follow the manufacturer guidelines and care tips when using a chainsaw or other piece of heavy machinery.