Operating a chainsaw can be a hazardous operation. However, using PPE and understanding the working of the chainsaw in your, these hazards can be limited.
- Before operating your chainsaw, clear away any dirt, debris, small limbs, or rocks. Also, check for nails, spikes, or other metal pieces that might be present in the tree.
- Always turn off your saw or engage the chain brake when transporting the saw on rough terrain.
- While operating the saw, maintain firm contact with the handles and stand in a balanced position.
- Always wear the proper PPE, including hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing, and head protection.
- Do not wear loose-fitting clothes while operating a chainsaw.
- Keep an eye out for branches that are under tension. When they are cut, they may spring back and cause injury.
- Always be mindful of saw kickback. To minimize kickback, do not saw with the tip and keep the tip guard in place.