How to use a Chainsaw safely
Basic rules when safely operating a Chainsaw
- Rule Number 1: Use good common sense, along with reading and understanding the Operator’s Manual.
- The Full Thumb Grip: Keep a steady grip with both hands on both handles on the saw at all times. Thumbs and fingers must be completely wrapped around the handles. It is very important to hold the thumb of your left hand under the front handle in order to give a positive full grip to reduce the backward force of a possible kickback. Use the same technique for the left hand on the rear handle.
- Close Contact: Do not be afraid of the saw! Do not operate the saw with outstretched arms. Hold it close to your body in a comfortable position for better balance and to make the saw feel less heavy.
- Balance: Stand with your feet apart. To achieve the best possible balance, put your left foot slightly in front of your right foot or vise versa for left handed people. Note: Chainsaws only come in a right-hand version.
- Bend your Knees: Spare your back! Keep your back as straight as possible. Do not work with a curved spine, bend your knees instead of your back when working in low positions.
- Moving and Transportation: The saw chain must not be rotating when you are moving to another spot. When moving between positions, you should always activate the chain brake by pushing forward on the safety bar or simply turn off the engine. When you have completed any task, close down the engine and re-fit the bar scabbard (eg. to and from the felling site or carrying in a vehicle).
- Safety Distance: Chainsaw use should be a lonely occupation. Keep all people and animals well away. Make sure that no person or animal is closer than 3-5 metres from you while operating a chainsaw. During tree felling, a greater safety distance is required. Always stand well back behind and away from the tree falling direction.
- Safety Clothing: Start from the top. Always wear a safety helmet with safety visor and grade 5 hearing protection Ear-Muffs. A heavy-duty style bush shirt or forestry vest. No loose clothing. Registered safety standard Chainsaw trousers or safety chainsaw ‘Chaps’. Heavy-duty footwear. Heavy-duty Gloves.