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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Toolbox Talks-Chain Saw Safety

Toolbox Talks-Overview 

If we use chain saws at our construction site, we are required to instruct employees on their safe use.  While there are no particular OSHA/OSHAD construction regulations, there is information from the general industry logging regulations that can and should be used for training as “best practices” for safe chain saw use.

Scope of Discussion

Chain Saw Requirements.  

  • Each chain saw must be equipped with a chain brake and a protective device to reduce kickback.  No kickback device can be removed or otherwise bypassed.  
  • Each chain saw must be equipped with a Continuous Pressure Throttle Control (CPTC) which will stop the chain when pressure is released.  
  • The saw must be operated and adjusted as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • When fueling chain saw, stay at least 10 feet from any open flame or another source of ignition.
  • Start chain saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area.

Pre-Operational Inspection. 

Inspect your chain saw before initial use during each work shift.  Minimally, a good inspection will include: 

  • Handles and guards.  Ensure they are sound, tight-fitting, appropriately shaped, free of sharp edges, and in place.
  • Controls.  Assure proper function.
  • Chains.  Assure proper adjustment.
  • Mufflers.  Assure they are operational and in place.

Operational Checks.  

We must use our chain saw only for the purpose for which it was designed. Dull chain cutting edges should be sharpened as per manufacturer’s specifications. Start a chain saw on the ground or other firmly supported area and with the chain brake engaged. Drop starting a chain saw is strictly prohibited. 

  • Be certain of footing before starting to cut, and use the saw in a position or at a distance that ensures appropriate balance and secure footing; clear away brush or other potential hurdles which might interfere with cutting work.
  • Never utilize the chain saw to cut overhead. 
  • Handle the chain saw to avoid operator contact with the cutting chain or hot muffler.

Always Remember that Chain Saws Are Dangerous.  

A little general sense and sticking to the safety rules and measures will go a long way to protect us from injury.

Questions

  • What is the basic chain saw safety requirements?
  • What personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed?
  • What safety inspection and observations should have conducted before using a chain saw?
  • What are some safety rules an operator using a chain saw should adopt?

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2 comments:

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  2. However, if you are looking to do light duty pruning, and are only planning to use your pole saw occasionally you can also look at a smaller saw. best air reciprocating saws The second type of chain saw is the electric pole saw.

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