Timber! Chainsaw Safety Tips

Wood burning stoves are commonly used to heat homes or businesses because it is a cheaper alternative to other heating systems, especially for those who have quick access to standing timber. Growing up in rural, Northwest Ohio, my family used a wood burning stove to heat both our shop and our basement during the winter. The process to cut enough wood for both the winter months and for our summer campfires meant firing up our chainsaws and cutting for most of the day to make sure we had enough to last all year. I remember thinking that if it wasn’t for the ability to use a chainsaw, the process of cutting down trees for firewood would be a lot less enjoyable.

In addition to using chainsaws for cutting firewood, many business owners and contractors use chainsaws to trim back trees that are hanging over buildings, power lines, or areas overgrown with vegetation. Chainsaw safety is often overlooked when performing these jobs. However, incorporating a few important safety measures when using a chainsaw can help prevent serious injury to yourself or others.

Below are some basic recommendations offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that are key in preventing injuries or issues that arise from chainsaw use. OSHA recommends the following steps be taken:

Before Starting a Chainsaw

  • Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure that they are functioning properly and that they are adjusted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure that the chain is always sharp and the lubrication reservoir is full.
  • Start the saw on the ground or on another firm support. Drop starting is never allowed.
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area, with the chain’s brake engaged.

Chainsaw Safety

  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs, and rocks from the saw’s chain path. Look for nails, spikes, or other metal in the tree before cutting.
  • Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
  • Keep your hands on the saw’s handles and maintain secure footing while operating.
  • Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing, and head protection.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
  • Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut.
  • Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chainsaw kickback.
  • Never attempt to fuel a running or hot saw.
  • Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place.

The above list is by no means an exhaustive set of recommendations, but are good first steps to take before beginning a job that requires a chainsaw. Following these safety precautions may be what it takes to protect yourself or others from serious injury.

Chainsaw safety tips were provided by:

United States Department of Labor. “Chain Saw Safety.”

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3 Comments on “Timber! Chainsaw Safety Tips

  1. Hi coryeick,I agree with you this was a excellent informative post You have shared in the above article with the planting of new trees in a garden of home after getting the suggestions from different tree service companies ,But I think the stage of removing trees are coming if the same technique would work for soil that sits underneath the roots. If the roots don’t get water from the soil, then eventually it will die due to the disease of arborist , Then you make a plan to remove a old trees of stumps from a garden then the most easiest way for you must use the services of tree timing company because these companies use the automatic machinery and self driving vehicles to eliminate tress with in a short period of time without any lose of capital otherwise you face some kind of problems during the elimination of trees from a garden due to the attack of insects on it .
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  2. Hi Cindy ,
    You have shared the excellent informative post on this page about the removal of trees in winter season but you must be Keep close watching on your trees during winter storms and throughout periods of extremely cold temperatures. Note any changes to the shape or condition of your trees, and call on the pros at the first sign of a problem.Your tree service professional may want to inspect the tree before recommending a course of action, but timing is very important no matter what. The sooner you bring in the experts to tackle hazardous tree removal, the sooner your property becomes safe again.Tree service companies have equipment to handle winter hazardous tree removal, and the training necessary to complete the job safely. Trust their recommendations and expertise if you spot a problem with your trees this winter.
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  3. Hi BRADLEY COOPER ,
    You have shared the excellent informative post on this page about the removal of trees in winter season but you must be Keep close watching on your trees during winter storms and throughout periods of extremely cold temperatures. Note any changes to the shape or condition of your trees, and call on the pros at the first sign of a problem.Your tree service professional may want to inspect the tree before recommending a course of action, but timing is very important no matter what. The sooner you bring in the experts to tackle hazardous tree removal, the sooner your property becomes safe again.Tree service companies have equipment to handle winter hazardous tree removal, and the training necessary to complete the job safely. Trust their recommendations and expertise if you spot a problem with your trees this winter.
    Thanks.

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