Chain Saws

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.

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Before Operations

  • 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.

During Cutting

  • 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.

After Cutting

  • 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.