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Safety Training 101: Chainsaws

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 12, 2016
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The machines that most people immediately visualize when they think of agriculture are the large ones – tractors, combines, harvesters, and so on. But many of our tools are handheld. A prime example is the chainsaw. Many farmers sharpen their chains to clear fence rows in the early spring when fields are often too wet for heavy equipment.


7 Tips for Safe Chainsaw Operation


  1. Be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment, including hardhats, gloves, chainsaw protective chaps and safety glasses.
  2. Take note of your overhead hazards (branches, power lines, other trees) as you work.
  3. Ensure the chainsaw is running at full throttle before starting your cut.
  4. Maintain proper balance while cutting. If necessary, shift your position rather than overextending your reach.
  5. Be careful of kickback. This means avoiding contact with other objects, like rocks, other limbs and debris, and being cautious to keep the nose of the blade clear.
  6. Keep the chain sharp and test the chain brake frequently.
  7. Avoid going out alone, in case something does go wrong.


Because chainsaws have fast-moving parts, their operation requires constant attention and focus. Only employees properly trained in their use should operate a chainsaw. Put safety first.

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