Chainsaw Safety Strategies – How to Operate a Chainsaw Safely

chainsaw-safetyThe data in this note has been prepared to raise cognizance of the potential wounds and hazards associated with the use of a chainsaw for general cross-cutting activities. Chainsaw users are inspired to pursue coaching in this area thru a licensed training organisation.

Read the owners manual for Stihl chainsaw model. It’ll tell you the safety features for

Check your chainsaw comprehensively before use. Make sure your chain and sprocket are in
If you’re not sure, take it

Keep other folks and animals away from the work area. Do not become distracted.

Stop the chainsaw if somebody starts talking to you.

Chainsaw operation requires constant attention and tired operators have more accidents.

Preventing hearing loss

Most chainsaws emit noise levels that may cause long-lasting damage to your hearing if used for long periods at a time.

Always use safety standards licensed earmuffs or plugs.

Ensure your muffler is in good shape.

Ensure your engine is tuned to manufacturer specifications.

The exhaust gasses from your chainsaw contain lethal elements such as carbon monoxide.

Ensure your muffler is in good condition.

Don’t work in enclosed spaces.

Personal safety kit

Boots and gloves should be worn to guard you from chainsaw injury

Using your chainsaw

Do not operate your chainsaw with the throttle lock engaged. Engine speed can’t be controlled with the throttle trigger in this position.

Always hold your chainsaw decisively with both hands.

Confirm your chainsaw does not touch any foreign materials.

Take special care when cutting shatter wood – pointed slithers of wood might be caught and flung in your direction.

If on a slope, stand on the uphill side or to the side of the log. Watch out for rolling logs.

Kickback happens when the chainsaw bar is flung upwards desperately during crosscutting,
Usually striking the operator in the head at speed causing serious injury. Sawing. The force of the chain ( travelling at up to 60kph at full throttle ) flings the top of the bar in an Arc at the operator quicker than the operator can react.

To stop injury from kickback :

Ensure the brake mechanism is clean and operates effectively ;

Use low kick back type chain and avoid lowering the depth gauges too much when sharpening ;

Hold the chainsaw firmly, ensuring the left hand encircles the top handle with the thumb

Avoid bringing the higher quadrant of the guide bar into contact with any foreign object ;

Do not cut above shoulder height ; and always commence your cut at top revs.

Always start first cut on the compression side to a 3rd of the diameter, then perform the second cut at the strain side – otherwise the saw will become jammed.

For logs touching the ground cut three quarters of the way thru the log then roll over to finish the cut – this can avoid damaging the chain.