A man in red helmet using an electric saw to cut down a tree.

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw Safety: If you are required to operate a chainsaw, please consider taking a chainsaw safety training course….it may save you from injury or death.

Chainsaw Safety: General Information

  • Always ensure that you are never working alone while operating a chainsaw. If you must work alone, always make sure that someone knows where you are working and when you are expected to return.
  • Never operate a chainsaw while standing on a ladder.
  • Always start the chainsaw while it is safely on the ground.
  • Vehicles should never be parked close to the tree felling area.
  • Never operate the chainsaw above shoulder height.
  • Use extreme caution if high or gusty winds or lightning.
  • Always wear personal protective equipment.
  • Do not operate the chainsaw using an insecure stance or footing.
  • Always use the appropriate sized chainsaw for the job required.
  • Never use a chainsaw with only one hand.
  • Always have the chain brake engaged if you are required to walk any distance.
  • Never use drugs or alcohol before or while operating a chain saw.
  • Never turn your back on a falling tree.
  • Never limb a log while standing on the downhill side of the log.
  • Never start the chainsaw closer than ten feet from the gas filling area.
  • Never leave a tree partially cut and still standing.
  • People must be warned in advance if a tree is going to be felled in their area.
  • Never operate a chainsaw if you are tired or not feeling well.
  • Never operate a chainsaw if you are not properly trained

Chainsaw Safety: Proper PPE

Proper safety clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn to lessen the chance of injury.

The following personal protective equipment and clothing are a must when operating a chainsaw.

  • CSA approved Safety Glasses with side shields, goggles or face shields.
  • CSA approved foot protection with cut resistant materials.
  • CSA approved hard hat head protection.
  • CSA approved hearing protection.
  • Leather gloves with ballistic nylon on back.
  • Leg protection clothing (pants or chaps) with sewn in ballistic nylon pads.
  • Know when to use fall protection equipment such as harnesses, belts and lanyards.

General Information:

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