Below are a few images from the Ladies Chainsaw Safety night we held at our Northwood Store in previous years.
And here are a few images from the Chainsaw Safety night that was held at our Blenheim Road store...
Chainsaw Safety Tips...
Check that your protective clothing is complete and fitting you properly. You clothing should be snug with no loose elements getting in your way.
- Wear trousers with a reinforced cut-retardant layer or front leg protection.
- Wear protective cut-retardant footwear with non-slip soles and steel toe caps.
- Wear heavy-duty non-slip gloves, preferably in leather.
- Don't forget to wear proper head, face and eye protection as well as sound barriers (ear plugs or ear muffs).
Check your Chainsaw, before you start up, check:
- That all parts are intact and secure
- The chain is in the right position
- The chain cutters are sharp
- The depth gauge settings are correct
- All safety devices are in place and working
- That there are no loose bolts, screws nuts or covers.
- If anything is missing or damaged, don't use the chainsaw. This is especially important if you weren't the last person to use it.
Check your work are
- Make sure your work area is free of tripping hazards and electrical cables. Also keep an eye out for anyone who could enter your work area and check to make sure nothing is going to fall on you while you are working (like tree tops, etc). Don't forget to watch out for the weather, as some conditions could make your work area hazardous.
Hold and use the saw correctly
- Keep two hands on the saw and hold it close to your body, with the body of the saw close to what you;re cutting. Plant your feet firmly and slightly apart for balance. Never try to adjust your chain or machine while the engine is running.
Maintain your saw
- Good maintenance will extend the chainsaw's life and ensure its safe to use. When you finish a job make sure the air filters, sprocket cover and chain brake mechanism are free from sawdust; clean the guide bar groove; oil the holes and check everything is in place.