23 Mar Chain Saws
Except for log home builders and site clearer’s, it is rare that a chain saw is used on construction jobs. These are a specialty tool that have their own special hazards. Before you use, review.
Guide for Discussion
- Always review operator instructions before you use a chain saw. Wear snug fitting clothing; don’t wear any jewelry.
- Be sure to wear earplugs especially if you plan to cut for a long period of time. Always check for defects in the saw. Replace all defective parts before operating the tool.
- Don’t use a saw with a dull blade.
- Check the item to be cut for nails, wire and any other metal-imbedded items. Before cutting, plan a path of retreat.
- When cutting, keep the saw away from your body. Never cut anything directly overhead.
- Be wary of materials to be cut that may be under tension. Be careful to avoid pinching the blade or guide bar.
- As the material begins to fall, turn off the saw and move away quickly. Watch for a rebound.
- Allow the saw to cool before refueling.
- Don’t operate the saw near your refueling area.
- Check the operator instructions for any special after operations maintenance instructions.
Instructor: Determine company policy on always wearing a hard hat, ear plugs, safety glasses or goggles, leg protection and safety shoes when using a chain saw.
Remember: Chain saws can greatly reduce the labor burden in a construction project. However, these are a dangerous tool and can seriously injure a worker when improperly used. Use common sense and the basic rules we discussed to have a safe operation.