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SITE SAFETY MEETING – TOOL BOX TALK : Chainsaw Safety

By January 2, 2015Uncategorized

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Before Starting the Saw

  • Check controls, chain tension, all bolts and handles to ensure that they are functioning properly and are adjusted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fuel the saw at least 20 feet from sources of ignition.
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from fueling area, with the chain brake engaged, and with the chain saw on the ground or firmly supported. Do not “drop start” the saw.
  • Check the fuel container for the following requirements:
    • Must be metal or plastic and not exceed a 3-gallon capacity.
    • Must be approved by the Underwriters Laboratories or the Dept. of Transportation (DOT)

Wear Approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • A hardhat with protective face screen attachment
  • Safety glasses with side-shields
  • Hearing protection
  • Ballistic chaps
  • Tall leather work boots with steel toes and anti-slip sole

While Running the Saw 

  • Keep your ands on the handles, and maintain secure footing.
  • Clear the area of obstacles that might interfere with cutting the free or using the retreat path.
  • Do not cut directly overhead.
  • Shut off the saw or release the throttle prior to retreating.
  • Shut off or engage the chain brake whenever the saw is carried more than 50 feet, or on hazardous terrain.

STAY SAFE – ALWAYS WEAR PPE WHEN OPERATING CHAINSAW