Chainsaws are extremely dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause harm or even death in the wrong hands. Before using a chainsaw, always ensure you have the proper safety equipment, training and are using them in a suitable environment.
Your first step should always be to ensure you’re wearing adequate safety clothing which will protect you in the event of a kickback or accident. You should always wear:
- Safety Goggles
- Ear defenders
Check The Safety Brake
All Hyundai chainsaws are equipped with safety brakes that are designed to stop the bar and chain immediately in the event of a kickback. Before using your chainsaw, always test the safety brake by pushing it forward with a good amount of force to check that the bar and chain stop moving. If your safety brake does not work, do not use the chainsaw until the problem has been fixed.
Use The Right Stance
To maintain complete control over the chainsaw, always hold it close to your body and spread your feet apart for optimum balance. Hold the chainsaw tightly at all times, with your fingers and thumbs completely wrapped around the handles. To reduce the force of a kickback, always position your left thumb under the front handle.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
When operating a chainsaw, you should always keep a clear distance around you. Never let anyone within 5 metres of you when the chainsaw is on, and never use a chainsaw around children or animals. When tree felling, make sure that it is a safe area for the tree to fall without causing harm to people or damage to property.
Don’t Move With The Chainsaw Turned On
If you need to take more than a handful of steps when holding the chainsaw, always apply the safety brake or turn off the engine. If you’re transporting the chainsaw for greater distances, fit the protective guard around the bar.
Handle Petrol With Caution
If you have a petrol powered chainsaw, always use great care when handling and storing petrol. If you ever spill any, wipe it up immediately. Always remember that a petrol chainsaw produces carbon monoxide, which means you should never use a chainsaw indoors or in a confined space.
If you have any questions or queries about how to safely use a chainsaw, or what chainsaw suits your needs best, please contact us.
Alternatively, you can view the full "Chainsaws at Work" guide from the HSE here.