OSHA’s fact sheet about working closely with chainsaws (see www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/chainsaws.pdf) says that companies involved with tree removal and trimming must make certain that their employees have the ability to safely perform their assigned jobs.
- Particular work processes, practices and needs of the work site, including the recognition, prevention, and management of overall safety and health hazards.
- the way to safely perform assigned work tasks, including the particular hazards associated with each task and the steps and work practices which are used to control these threats.
- the way to safely use, operate, and maintain tools, vehicles and machines that the employee will have to use in completing the assigned requirements.
Working with chainsaws presents risks, and PPE can help prevent or decrease the severity of injuries. Like all PPE, it must be inspected before each use to make sure it is in acceptable condition.
- Head protection
- Hearing protection
- Eye/face protection
- Leg protection
- Foot protection
- Hand protection
Before starting the task of cutting, a chainsaw operator should do the following:
- Check controls, string tension, and all bolts and manages to be sure they are functioning correctly and corrected according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- make sure that the string is sharp and the lubrication reservoir is full.
- Fuel a gasoline-powered saw at least 10 feet from any sources of ignition, and make certain that the fuel is a suitable mixture of gas and oil depending on the company’s specifications.
- Check the fuel container to make it plastic or metal, doesn’t exceed a 5-gallon capacity and is approved by a nationally recognized testing lab.
- Be sure gas-, electric- and – battery-powered chainsaws are equipped with a protective device that reduces chainsaw kickback.
If you wish to split an elephant out of a block of wood, you do not begin the procedure with the fine-grit sandpaper.