A chainsaw can be a highly useful piece of equipment if you’re a keen gardener; allowing you to trim back hedges, cut back trees, or chop firewood. However, chainsaws are potentially highly dangerous and can cause serious injuries if used incorrectly.
You don’t need a licence or training if you’re using a chainsaw for domestic use, but it’s essential that anyone using a chainsaw knows how to do so safely. If you’re using a chainsaw at work, however , there are often health and safety laws in place to ensure you’ve received adequate training. Whether you’re using a chainsaw at home or at work, the right safety precautions are key, so read on to find out more about how to use a chainsaw safely.
Wear the right PPE
The right personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for anyone working with a chainsaw. You’ll need eye protection (like a visor or goggles), ear protection and strong, sturdy boots – preferably with a steel toe cap. Users should also wear long legged trousers, a long sleeved top, gloves and chainsaw chaps. This specially designed outer layer is made of a strong, synthetic fibre that resists the saw’s cutting action and stops the chain from spinning if it comes into contact.
Check your environment
Always check your surroundings before starting up the chainsaw to make sure that the area is safe and free from trip hazards. If you’re felling a tree, look all around to make sure there’s adequate room for the tree to fall (and space for you to get out of the way). Also, check for power lines and any other potential obstructions like a garden shed or nearby buildings.
Examine the equipment
Check your saw each time before starting it up to make sure that all the equipment is in good working order. Examine the controls, handles, bar and chain, checking that it has adequate sharpness and tension. If you’re using a petrol saw, you’ll need to check the fuel levels too and ensure there’s enough gas and lubricating oil in place.
Handling the saw
Ensure you have good, solid footing when handling a chainsaw and be aware of any potential trip hazards. Users should also maintain a firm, two handed grip on the saw and keep a steady balance. Don’t be tempted to reach into awkward positions while the saw is running or contort your position to get at those hard to reach branches. If in doubt, always turn off the saw and switch to a new, stable position before starting again.
If you’re in need of a chainsaw for your next job in Coleraine, we’ve got you covered here at A. McIlrath & Son. We stock a wide range of petrol and battery powered chainsaws that are suitable for every application; from domestic use and chopping firewood, to industrial felling and pruning. We’re also a proud supplier of Husqvarna chainsaws, so you can be sure that you’re getting a high quality, reliable piece of equipment every time. For more information about any of our chainsaw products or our wider range of garden and forestry machinery, give us a call today or contact us via the website.