Chainsaw Safety: A Guide to Training, Hazards, and Inspections
Chainsaws are one of the most frequently used power tools on the market. They’re also one of the most dangerous because chainsaw safety is incredibly complicated.
Each year, 36,000 people in the U.S. seek emergency help for chainsaw-related injuries. And a far greater number of people have close calls. Because even chainsaw experts, like professional arborists or lumberjack champions, can and do experience chainsaw hazards that threaten their lives.
This chainsaw safety guide is a helpful tool for utility workers, agricultural workers, arborists, or even those using chainsaws for one-off tasks at home. In this guide, we’ll walk you through:
- OSHA Chainsaw Training Requirements
- Dangerous Chainsaw Hazards
- Required Chainsaw PPE
- Chainsaw Do’s and Dont’s
- Chainsaw Inspections
How Dangerous Are Chainsaws, Really?
Chainsaws are an incredibly common power tool used across several hazardous industries. And you likely have one at home for occasional use. However, they’re also a tool that is too often underestimated. The hazards associated with a chainsaw are both numerous, and each hazard has the potential to be fatal, even if you manage every other risk well.
To illustrate, let’s take a look at an OSHA recordable fatality from the Christmas holiday period in 2000. The OSHA Accident Report Detail says:
- Three employees were trimming trees on a December day.
- One of the employees was inside a utility truck bucket cutting a 20-ft long limb from a 75-ft high tree. He was not wearing fall protection.
- Two other employees stood on the ground holding a rope tied to the limb.
- The employee in the bucket saw the limb lean towards him and asked the ground workers to hold the rope tighter.
- The limb leaned away from the tree and hit one of the workers on the ground. The limb also hit the boom of the truck, and the employee fell out of the bucket. He died at the scene of the accident.
In this case, everything that could go wrong did. And a man died three days before Christmas.
These cases show why it’s so important to not only provide dedicated chainsaw operator training but to regularly train teams on potential hazards that come with chainsaw operations.
In other words, it’s not just about the power tool itself. Your ability to stay safe while operating a chainsaw requires excellent planning and a full risk assessment of the potential knock-on effects that can come from chainsaw work, especially the impact of something going wrong.
What are the OSHA Requirements for Chainsaw Training Safety?
Tree care (excluding logging) falls under the General Industry Standards (29 CFR 1910). According to OSHA, the most relevant standards within 1910 for the industry include:
To be compliant with OSHA chainsaw training, all chainsaw operators should know how to:
- Inspect, maintain, and carry a saw
- Operate the saw correctly and safely (with special training for operating a saw within a tree)
- Identify and work safely around hazards
- Wear and inspect the PPE needed to operate the chainsaw
- Initiate emergency procedures
How to use a chainsaw & chainsaw safety tips
While it’s tempting to run training on a case-by-case basis, particularly if chainsaw use isn’t included in the daily job risks, it’s always better to go through comprehensive training prior to beginning the job. In addition, you should run regular toolbox talks to reinforce best practices, address near misses, and provide training or compliance updates as needed.
If you’re looking for OSHA chainsaw training options, consider resources such as:
There are also some great videos from the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers for people who might use chainsaws occasionally but not as part of their day-to-day job duties:
What Are the Most Dangerous Chainsaw Hazards?
There are many hazards that can threaten even the most experienced chainsaw operators. Every chainsaw operator must identify these hazards before starting work. The most dangerous chainsaw hazards are:
- Tree or branches hitting the operator or a passer by (springback)
- Explosive tension in logs or branches (binding)
- Slip, trip, and fall hazards
- Fuel tank issues (using incorrect fuel-oil mixtures, fueling on the ground, using an unapproved container, fueling near sources of heat)
- Work at height hazards
Chainsaw kickback occurs when the chainsaw jolts or jerks suddenly in an upward direction. What causes kickback on a chainsaw? According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, “Kickback occurs when the end portion of the nose of the bar (the kickback zone) strikes an object and momentarily snags or is pinched.”
It can be difficult to appreciate how dangerous kickback is until it happens to you. Here’s an example of how powerful kickback can be and an explanation of just how dangerous it is:
In the video, he explains that if it wasn’t for the tree, the power of the kickback would have sent the saw 180 degrees and hit him while the saw was running. In other words, the tree prevented him for experiencing a serious, or even fatal, injury.
- Low engine speeds
- Overreaching and cutting above chest height
- Failure to maintain the chainsaw according to manufacturer’s instructions
- Incorrect replacement of chains and guidebars
Why is kickback so dangerous? When kickback occurs, the blade tip can move upward and go as far back towards the chainsaw operator. If you’re holding the chainsaw and the blade tip hits you, then you could become seriously injured. Most chainsaw fatalities happen as a result of kickback.
You can prevent chainsaw kickback with thorough chainsaw training and refresher training for operators as well as the use of safety tips to cover the nose of the bar (the kickback zone).
Vibration disease (or white finger syndrome or hand-arm vibration syndrome) is an ergonomic hazard that every operator and employer should take seriously. The disease occurs as a result of the vibration of hand-held power tools, especially chainsaws. Some experts believe that it’s not only the most common neuromuscular disorder in environments like construction and forestry but also the most underappreciated. Once vibration disease fully develops, it’s irreversible.
The noise made by chainsaw operation is a huge hazard for operators. Although it may seem minor for occasional users, CDC data shows that noise-exposed workers in Forestry and Logging had a higher percentage of hearing loss than every other industry with noise exposure combined.
Wearing hearing protection is important as is installing mufflers and silencers on equipment. Ensuring all tools are well-maintained and reducing exposure time are also vital for protecting hearing.
Remember that hearing loss isn’t only caused by noise. Vibration disease can also impact hearing, possibly through changes to the blood flow as it travels through your inner ear. So, wearing the correct PPE is imperative because there is an overlap between these two high-risk hazards.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is another underappreciated hazard among arborists, forestry workers, and farmworkers. Small gasoline-powered engines emit a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide and are particularly dangerous for loggers. Data from a NIOSH study shows loggers experience twice the CO exposure compared to workers who also perform limbing and other operations.
Unfortunately, CO is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It’s also deadly, even in small amounts. The CDC provides an example of a farmer who died of CO poisoning after working only 30 minutes indoors with a gasoline-powered pressure washer.
Working outside will not necessarily protect operators from CO poisoning. In situations where the dispersal of exhaust fumes is hindered by another factor, fumes can still build up and threaten the operator and those in the immediate vicinity.
Electrical hazards can come in several forms. While electric chainsaws aren’t often used outside of domestic use, like pruning and cutting trees, they still pose a danger; any electric chainsaw comes with the risk of electric shock and electrical fires. You should always inspect the cord, plug, and socket for burn marks or arcing and you should only use an appropriate extension cord and a socket with an RCD (residual current device).
The other electrical hazards for gas-powered chainsaws relate to falling branches or trees and the risk of contact with power lines. Before operating near a power line, you must verify that the line has been de-energized.
What PPE Do You Need to Operate a Chainsaw?
Chainsaw PPE includes six components. For safety and OSHA compliance, you must wear:
- Protective gloves
- Hard hat (head protection)
- Safety glasses (eye protection)
- Steel-toed boots
- Hearing Protective Equipment
- Leg protection (kevlar leg chaps, either internal or external)
The operator’s clothes should fit neatly. You don’t want any sleeves or trousers flapping in the wind as these can become a hazard in an accident.
If you’re working in a tree or off the ground, you will also wear fall protection as required. Working at height requires its own risk assessment and should be considered for when you’re planning the job.
Do you always need to wear the full set of chainsaw PPE, even for a quick job?
Wearing the right PPE can seem cumbersome for people who operate chainsaws regularly or even just for a short job. However, chainsaws are so powerful that there’s no level of experience that can protect you from these hazards. Just look at this Champion lumberjack who nearly experienced a serious leg injury during a competition — if it weren’t for his chaps.
How to Use a Chainsaw Safely: A Guide to Chainsaw Techniques and Ergonomics
Learning how to use a chainsaw safely will help avoid operator error and potentially fatal incidents. OSHA also requires that anyone who uses a chainsaw must learn how to use it correctly and understand the hazards before they are allowed to take on into the field.
The first rule of chainsaw operation is to always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. After that, competent operators can follow these steps for a safe work environment.
Complete a Work Plan or Risk Assessment
Before even picking up the chainsaw, every operator should run a risk assessment and complete a work plan for the job to be done. The process should identify and document any key risks, including the risks associated with the chainsaw and its use.
For example, if the job involves trimming branches and working at height, be sure to account for the potential of a branch to hit the worker on the ground as well as any possibility that the worker may fall.
Chainsaw Risk Assessment Example
|Risk||Potential Harm||Risk Severity||Action|
|Chainsaw wounds||OperatorsParticipantsSpectators||Medium||Provide training for competency; Wear full PPE as provided by safety management plan; Replace chain cover and apply the brake when saw is not in use|
|Burns||OperatorsParticipantsSpectators||Medium||Wear gloves and chaps; allow the machine to cool before inspecting, refueling, or re-starting|
|Eye injuries||OperatorsParticipantsSpectators||Medium||Wear eye protection|
|Noise||OperatorsParticipantsSpectators||High||Wear hearing protection|
|Falling limbs branches||OperatorsParticipantsSpectators||Medium||Complete work plan to assess the potential of falling branches; wear PPE in the vicinity|
An example of a chainsaw risk assessment to perform prior to starting a job
Part of the work plan should always include spotting hazards around the work area and eliminating them where possible. You need to clear everything away that you don’t intend to cut and remove any potential trip and fall hazards. It’s also vital to ensure you have a retreat pathway available to you.
Start the Chainsaw Safely
Your chosen OSHA chainsaw training will cover how to start the chainsaw safely. This is an often-overlooked part of chainsaw operations. There are several methods for starting the chainsaw, but the golden rule is: never drop-start the chainsaw.
You can get step-by-step instructions for starting a chainsaw from:
- Keep the saw away from your body and anything you don’t intend to cut.
- Avoid contact with any object as the chainsaw starts.
- Cover the guide bar when the motor stops.
- Always turn off the engine before putting the chainsaw back down.
Hold the Chainsaw Correctly
The way you hold a chainsaw will determine how you manage the remaining hazards that you haven’t eliminated through the hierarchy of controls.
You should hold the chainsaw with your right hand on the rear handle and your left hand on the front handle. Operators should use a firm grip to hold the saw securely. However, you should take extra care not to hold on for dear life: if your grip is too tight, you amplify your risk of vibration disease, which is painful and irreversible, even if you wear the correct gloves.
There are four golden rules for chainsaw operation:
- Hold the chainsaw with two hands. No exceptions.
- Stand to the side of the chainsaw. Never rest it on your leg.
- Keep the saw parallel to the ground when cutting.
- Carry the chainsaw with the guide bar pointed to the rear, so the blade drops off behind you.
When you put the chainsaw down, always keep it on a level surface.
You’re ready to work. Your plan of action will dictate how and where you cut. However, there are general rules to follow:
- Don’t cut anything above mid-chest height.
- Make sure you don’t cut a tree where the diameter is greater than the length of the blade.
- Always work with a companion.
- If you get tired, stop work. When you’re tired, you can lose your concentration and grip, resulting in a severe incident.
Remember that the size of the tree isn’t fully indicative of how dangerous it is. Brush and small branches can cause accidents by grabbing the chain and throwing the operator off balance.
What Should You NOT Do With a Chainsaw?
There are a few things that no operator should ever do when their job involves a chainsaw. Forgetting these rules not only increases the chance of an injury but even grows the chance of a potential fatality.
Never Work Alone
Chainsaws come with many risks. Even when you complete a thorough risk assessment, you can’t control everything. Because of the increased severity of chainsaw accidents compared to other power tools or tasks, operators should never work alone.
Never Carry a Chainsaw While It’s Running
A chainsaw can cause injury anytime the blade isn’t covered. Carrying a chainsaw when it’s running puts you at risk of cutting yourself, those around you, objects, or animals in the vicinity and increases the chance of a burn.
Never Use a Chainsaw When You’re Tired
Mitigating hazards like falling branches requires your complete attention. Don’t operate a chainsaw when you’re tired, as you could lose FOCUS or find it difficult to maintain the correct grip.
Take frequent breaks when using the chainsaw and let a supervisor know if you’re struggling to concentrate.
Never Saw Above Shoulder Height
There are three very good reasons to never use a chainsaw above mid-chest or shoulder height:
- Holding a chainsaw overhead throws off your center of gravity, making it easier to lose your balance.
- Raising a chainsaw too high impedes your view. It’s much harder to see where and what you’re cutting.
- Lifting a chainsaw makes it more prone to kickback. When combined with impaired balance and vision, kickback becomes exceptionally dangerous.
Never Use Faulty Equipment
If a chainsaw inspection results in any question or doubt about the chainsaw’s maintenance, you must report it to the relevant person immediately. You should never use a chainsaw that doesn’t pass an inspection with flying colors.
How and When to Inspect a Chainsaw
Every operator should know how to inspect a chainsaw before they start the equipment. The chainsaw inspection should include the:
- Clutch cover
- Fuel and oil
- Cord and plug (if electric)
If any part of the chainsaw is up for review, turn it over to the equipment manager and get a new one. Never use a chainsaw that you have any doubt about, even if it’s the only tool available. A loose chain, missing bolt, or sticky brake can land you in the hospital.
You can find free pre-operational chainsaw inspections from Northern Hire Group Chainsaw Pre-Operational Checks. Safesite users can also ask for a chainsaw inspection to be uploaded into their organization’s template library, so you can assign it to operators for completion and better manage equipment and hazards.
Chainsaw Safety is a Job that’s Never Done
The issue with chainsaw safety is that you can be the most skilled chainsaw operator in the world and still be at risk from half a dozen or more different hazards. And all of those hazards could present a severe risk to your body. As a result, it’s vital to avoid any complacency in chainsaw operations. Whether it’s suiting up with the correct chainsaw PPE or performing a chainsaw inspection or risk assessment, every step you take could be the step that prevents an injury if something goes wrong.
Are you looking for more information on OSHA training obligations? Check out How to Comply with OSHA Safety Training Standards.
Chainsaw Maintenance Safety
A chainsaw can save a lot of time and effort when working on a project that requires one. While they offer convenience and efficiency, they can also pose a serious safety hazard if not used and maintained properly. No matter if you’re a DIYer or a logger, knowing the rules for proper chainsaw maintenance and use is essential.
How to Use Your Chainsaw Safely
After years of working with a chainsaw, it is easy to become complacent when it comes to using safety equipment and the tool’s safeguards. If that’s you, take time to revisit some safety rules. And, if you’re a relative beginner to chainsaw operation, here you can learn how to use safety equipment correctly from the start. Remember, chainsaw accidents happen mostly because of user error or poor maintenance.
Step 1: Use Safety Gear with Your Chainsaw
Always wear safety glasses or goggles and a hard hat when working with a chainsaw. Consider wearing ear protection as well. Also, don’t forget to wear a dusk mask or respirator if there are excessive amounts of sawdust and particles in the air. Wear steel-toed work boots to protect your feet and safety work gloves for a secure grip on the saw and to protect your hands from flying debris.
When using a chainsaw, do not wear loose clothing, over-sized gloves, jewelry or any accessories that can get caught in the chain or other moving parts. In addition, long hair should be pulled back.
Only use a chainsaw in the way it was intended to avoid accidents and injury.
Keep children and others away from the work area when using a chainsaw.
Step 2: Use Safety Devices on Your Chainsaw
chainsaws have built-in safety devices that ensure safe operation. Use them. These safeguards protect you from moving mechanical parts and reduce the chance of injury. Never remove, disengage or otherwise disregard safety guards when the saw is in use.
- Chain Break – The chain brake stops the chain in the event of a “kickback” (when the chain hits an immovable object or becomes stuck, the saw blade can jump back toward the user and cause injury). Usually the chain brake is activated when the top hand guard is pushed forward. This can occur by purposefully pushing the guard forward or automatically when a kickback occurs.
- Throttle Lock – This prevents accidental chain activation. The throttle is operated with a trigger on the rear handle. If the lock-out switch is not pressed at the same time as the throttle trigger, the chain won’t be activated.
- Hand Guard – This feature protects your rear hand from the event of a broken or derailed chain that is not stopped by the chain catcher.
- Stop Control – The stop control, AKA the “kill switch,” allows for quick and easy engine shutoff in the case of an emergency.
It is a good idea to have a first-aid kit nearby at all times when you’re working with a chainsaw.
Step 3: Cut Correctly with Your Chainsaw
Because kickback is a common accident that can occur, you should take steps to avoid it. When kickback occurs, it can happen too quickly for you to react. Always stand to the side of the saw. If your right hand is holding the rear of the chainsaw, stand to the left of the saw. Don’t ever cut with the saw’s tip, as doing so can often result in kickback.
When felling a tree, always plan for where and how the tree will fall. Cut at an angle that will make the tree fall in the direction you want. Keep a clear path for getting out of the way in case the tree comes down in your direction. Watch out for power lines and any nearby structures as well. If you’re unsure of how the tree will fall or if the tree is exceptionally large, call in a professional. If cutting down limbs to thin out a tree’s canopy, be sure the cut limbs won’t fall on you or anything nearby.
When operating a chainsaw, be sure you’re working with secure footing and standing on steady ground. If you were to fall, you could be seriously injured by the saw. At all times, keep both hands on the handles of the chainsaw. Cut below waist level, never above your head.
When you need to refill a hot saw with gasoline, let the engine cool down for a few minutes before pouring in the gas to avoid a fire or explosion.
Never operate a chainsaw while standing on a ladder.
How to Maintain Your Chainsaw
While accidents can happen and are unforeseeable, another way to avoid a chainsaw safety incident is to keep the tool maintained and running smoothly. Because of their mechanical parts, chainsaws are susceptible to problems caused by regular use, poor maintenance, as well as dust and debris accumulation. View these steps for proper chainsaw maintenance, to help keep your chainsaw safe and efficient.
Step 1: Clean Your Chainsaw
Wipe the chainsaw down with a rag after every use and before storing it away. Do a deep cleaning periodically with a damp cloth. Get into exhausts, intakes and other hard-to-clean areas by using cotton swabs, lightly swabbed with machine oil.
Use an air compressor or a can of compressed air to blow air into vents and crevices to remove dirt and dust from inside the saw.
Step 2: Inspect Your Chainsaw
Routinely inspect the chainsaw for damage or wear. Pay attention to how the saw runs, and look and listen for any strange noises or other indications that something isn’t working correctly. Be sure that screws, bolts, etc. are tightened securely. Pay particular attention to the chain. A damaged or loose chain can derail or break and come back at the user and cause severe injury. Likewise, a chain with bent, dull or broken teeth can be a kickback hazard as well. Always keep the chain sharp and in proper working condition.
Step 3: Sharpen Your Chainsaw
To sharpen the chain, hold the saw in place with a vise so that it will not move around. Activate the chain brake. You can then sharpen the cutting teeth with a file. Attach a sharpening guide to the bar (the part of the blade around which the chain moves). Double-check that you have the correct file size for your chain’s teeth. Insert the file into the guide and sharpen each tooth with an even, forward stroke. You should be able to sharpen your chain’s teeth several times before the chain needs replacement.
Replace the chain if it is heavily worn or if any teeth seem compromised. Be sure the new chain is properly matched to the guide bar and the saw. Your chainsaw’s manufacturer will specify which chains will work. You can also ask an expert at your local True Value hardware store. To replace the chain, follow the chainsaw’s manufacturer instructions carefully. A loose chain can become dangerous. Generally, you will remove the bar to put the new chain in place. You should be able to pull the chain up about a ¼” from the bar if the chain is on correctly.
Step 4: Oil Your Chainsaw
Gas-powered chainsaws have a 2-stroke engine that requires approximately 2 to 5% oil in the fuel used to power them. Be sure you get the right type of oil to add to your gasoline. Ask an expert at your local True Value hardware store if you need help. You must also buy chain or bar oil with which to lubricate the saw’s bar and chain. This keeps the saw operating and cutting efficiently and safely. It must be reapplied periodically because it flies off of the chain and bar during use and is also removed by actual cutting. A good rule of thumb is to use chain and bar oil when you refuel the saw.
Step 5: Store Your Chainsaw Properly
Keep the saw protected from dust, moisture and other adverse conditions by storing it properly after use. Invest in a blade scabbard to keep the blade protected and then stow it away in a storage drawer or tool locker, preferably in a garage or basement with a moderately controlled climate.
Keep the instruction manual. It is provided to you by the manufacturer so that you can safely and competently operate your chainsaw. It also has valuable information on how to care for the saw, find replacement parts and other important pieces of information. Keep the manual either in a toolbox drawer or a cabinet in your workspace/storage area so that it is readily available.
That’s it! You now know how to safely use and maintain your chainsaw.
Project Shopping List
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project successfully.
- Safety glasses or goggles
- Hard hat
- Ear protection
- Dust mask
- Steel-toed work boots
- Safety work gloves
- First-aid kit
- Damp cloth
- Cotton swabs
- Machine oil
- Air compressor or can of compressed air
- Sharpening file guide
- Replacement chainsaw chain
- 2-stroke engine oil
- Bar and chain oil
- Blade scabbard
- Tool storage drawer or tool locker
Do it the right way and prevent chainsaw injuries and chainsaw cuts
A chainsaw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
Time A full day Complexity Beginner Cost 101–250
How to Use a Chainsaw Safely
Chainsaws are the perfect tool for cutting up fallen trees and large branches. But figuring out where to start and how to go about the job safely is a challenge. We enlisted a chainsaw expert to walk us through the process of cutting up a large fallen tree.
We’ll show you what we learned, including techniques for removing branches and cutting up the trunk. Of course, safety is the most important consideration when you’re using a chainsaw. See “Safety Tips” for key precautions I’ve taken to heart. But in addition to these tips, be sure to read and follow the safety precautions listed in your chainsaw owner’s manual.
Cut with the top or bottom of the bar and chain, but avoid the kickback zone
Kickback zone on a chainsaw
Avoid cutting with the “kickback zone” of the chainsaw bar. It can cause the saw to kick back toward you and cause chainsaw injuries.
Keep control of the chainsaw while you’re cutting by using an encircling grip.
Cutting with the chain on the bottom of the bar is the most common and natural-feeling way to cut. The saw pulls slightly and is easy to control by maintaining a firm grip. Cutting from the underside of a branch requires you to cut with the top of the bar. This is a little unnerving at first because the saw pushes toward you. But it’s safe as long as you’re well braced and follow all other precautions.
However, there’s one spot on the bar that you should carefully avoid. This spot, called the kickback zone, is the top half of the bar’s tip. If the kickback zone comes in contact with something while the chain is moving, the saw will kick up and back toward you. That’s why modern chainsaws are equipped with a chain brake designed to stop the chain if a kickback occurs.
Chainsaw Injuries and Preventions Tips
The most common chainsaw injuries to the thigh and left arm can be virtually eliminated with just a few simple precautions. First, always wrap the thumb of your left hand around the front handle while you’re cutting. This encircling grip keeps the saw under control in the event of a kickback.
Second, when you move from place to place with the saw running, even if it’s only to the next branch, always remove your right hand from the back handle and carry the saw at your side with your left hand holding the front handle. Then if you trip or stumble, there’s no way the saw’s engine can accelerate and start the chain spinning.
Put on your safety gear
Buy safety gear and wear it. Special chaps will often stop a moving chain and save your thigh. A helmet with a face screen and ear protection is a convenient way to keep head, eye and ear protection handy in one comfortable package. Wear steel-toed, cut-resistant boots and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against the inevitable scratches. You’ll find this gear at chainsaw dealers.
The first step in chainsaw safety is to wear the right protective gear.
Get a Feel For Your Machine
Now that you’re dressed, fill the saw with gas that’s premixed with two-cycle oil (see your owner’s manual for the proper mix for your chainsaw). Then fill the oil tank with bar and chain oil. After the saw is filled, move it at least 10 ft. away from the filling area to a spot cleared of any ignitable debris.
To start the saw, engage the chain brake, turn on the ignition switch, pull out the choke (for a cold engine) and lock on the fast idle. With the saw sitting on the ground, put the toe of your right boot into the back handle loop and grasp the front handle with a stiff left arm. Pull the starter handle to fire up the engine. Push in the choke and take it off fast idle, then pull the chain brake back toward the front handle to release the chain brake for cutting.
Get a feel for how your saw responds to the throttle. Cut only when you are in a comfortable, well-balanced position with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Stand to one side of the saw, never directly behind it.
You’ll feel different forces when cutting. When cutting with the bottom of the bar, the saw will pull you into the work. When cutting with the top of the bar (undercutting), the saw will tend to push you away from the work. This second force is called a pushing chain. When cutting with a pushing chain, brace the back handle of the saw or your arm against your thigh to gain more control of the saw and reduce fatigue.
Adjusting Chain Tension
Before starting, check the chain tension. Recheck it after every hour or so of use, and adjust it if necessary. New chains stretch and need to be checked after 20 minutes of use. Loose chains can fly off the bar, causing serious injury. A loose chain also damages the driver’s BAR on the chain and prevents them from fitting back into the bar groove.
To make adjustments, loosen the bar nuts that hold the bar. Then lift the bar while tightening the adjusting screw until the chain is snug against the bar. The tension is correct when you can’t lift the chain drivers free of the bar groove but you can still drag the chain easily around the bar with a gloved hand. Retighten the bar nuts.
Loosen bar nuts. Retighten bar nuts.
Plan a Strategy for Cutting the Tree
Photo 1: Start cutting at the trunk, working toward the top
Cut off branches starting at the lower end of the trunk and working to the top. Whenever possible, rest the saw engine against the trunk and pivot the bar through the branch.
Photo 2: Start cutting downward on branches under pressure.
Cut off branches that are under pressure by first cutting downward through one-third of the branch.
Photo 3: Finish the cut by sawing upward.
Finish the cut by sawing upward to meet the first cut. Be prepared for the trunk to roll or drop.
Before you even start your saw, stand back and size up the situation. Think about how you’ll cut each branch and what will happen when you do. Obviously, branches facing up will fall.
Make sure the fall path is open. It’s not so clear what will happen when you cut branches trapped under the fallen tree. They’ll be under pressure, and in some cases removing them will cause the tree to drop. Even seasoned pros can’t always predict how far the trunk will drop, or whether the tree will roll.
HOW TO: Chainsaw and Outdoor Power Equipment Safety 101
But you should always imagine the worst-case scenario and be prepared for it. Take a few minutes to clear a path behind you and to the side for a quick retreat. And always work with a partner so that if you become trapped or injured, you’ll have someone to call for help.
Start by removing branches closest to the lower end of the trunk, and work toward the top of the tree. Whenever possible, stand on the uphill side of the tree. Photos 1 – 3 show techniques for removing branches from the top side of the trunk and branches under pressure.
Work from the left side of the trunk (as you face toward the top of the tree). This allows the safest and most efficient use of the chainsaw because you can rest the side or bottom of the saw on the trunk and slice off the branches with a pivoting motion (Photo 1).
Chainsaw Cuts: Cutting the Tree Trunk
Photo 4: Start cutting downward in the trunk.
Cut trunks that are supported at both ends by making a downward cut one-third the diameter of the trunk.
Photo 5: Cut upward to complete the cut
Finish by cutting up from underneath. Be prepared for one or both sides to drop.
Photo 6: Take the pressure off the saw during a cut.
Stop the engine if the bar gets bound up or stuck. Then use a stout branch or 4×4 to lift the trunk and open the cut enough to remove the saw.
Photo 7: Saw the trunk into firewood
Cut a log into 16-in. lengths for firewood by first sawing three-quarters of the way through the log. Then roll it over and complete the cuts.
As you cut branches out from under the trunk, it will settle to the ground. Finally, the trunk will either rest entirely on the ground or hang suspended. If it’s suspended, cut the trunk loose from the stump and carefully roll it to the ground. If you try to cut straight down through a trunk that’s supported on both ends, the weight of the trunk will pinch the bar and stop the saw. Instead, use the technique shown in Photos 4 and 5 to avoid binding.
The saw can also become pinched if you cut too far through a branch that supports the trunk. If this happens, stop the engine and use a stout branch as a lever to lift the trunk and free the saw (Photo 6).
After the trunk is free of branches and resting safely on the ground, cut it into manageable pieces, usually about 16 in. long for firewood. Start by cutting the trunk into 8-ft. long sections, a length short enough to roll over. Pick a spot on the trunk that has about a 3- to 6-in. gap under it. Otherwise, your chain will hit the ground and quickly dull as you finish the cut.
Keep the bar parallel to the ground as you near the end of the cut, and finish with the bottom of the saw engine resting flat on the ground. That’ll prevent the chain from accidentally hitting the dirt. Now use the process shown in Photo 7 to cut the longer sections into 16-in. lengths. With this method, you don’t have to worry about your chain hitting the ground.
The Chainsaw Commandments
- Most chainsaw injuries happen to the thigh when the operator is carrying a running saw. That’s why chainsaw pants or chaps are important. When transporting the saw less than 10 ft., carry it by the front handle only. That way if you trip you won’t accidentally accelerate the saw and cut your thigh. When moving more than 10 ft., switch off the engine.
- Instruct everyone never to blindly approach the operator. The noise of the chainsaw and the concentration required may make the operator oblivious to someone coming up from behind to announce lunch.
- Never cut alone. If an accident occurs, you’ll need someone there to administer first aid and summon medical assistance.
- Keep your cell phone with you for emergencies.
- Understand the bar’s kickback zone and avoid getting into kickback situations.
- Never cut above shoulder height.
- Work on the uphill side of trees so they’ll roll away from you instead of over you.
- Use your chain brake! Whenever you aren’t cutting, the brake should be in the locked, or “On,” position.
- Start all cuts with a full throttle before touching the wood.
- Never run a chainsaw when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When fatigued, rest!
- Protect your back. When trying to move logs, use a lever or get help.
- Avoid touching the ground with the chain because even a brief encounter will severely dull the cutting teeth.
- Keep the chain sharp. A dull chain is unsafe, hard on both the bar and chain, and it overworks you and your saw.
Global Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market Size By Type, By Application, By Geographic Scope And Forecast
Report ID: 37008 | Published Date: Sep 2020 | No. of Pages: 103 | Base Year for Estimate: 2018 | Format:
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market Size And Forecast
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market is growing at a CAGR of 4 % from 2019 to 2026.
Increasing adoption of the chainsaw due to a surge in the demand for wood and government initiatives to promote safety equipment is expected to drive the chainsaw safety equipment market during the forecasted period. The Global Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market report provides a holistic evaluation of the market. The report offers a comprehensive analysis of key segments, trends, drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, and factors that are playing a substantial role in the market.
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What is Chainsaw Safety Equipment?
The chainsaw is a portable electric power tool used for wood cutting. The fast activity of the chainsaw eliminates the energy and time required by the operator to complete the job. Chainsaw requires a skilled operator as this device involves continuous press in and press off process. Chainsaw operators must use chainsaw safety equipment to protect the body from dangerous accidents. Chainsaw safety equipment is a set of security equipment to secure the chainsaw user. The set of equipment includes helmet, gloves, visors, harness, rope clamps, special trousers, and other equipment. Chainsaw safety equipment consists of Gloves, Eye Wear, Safety Apparel, and Others. They are used in Commercial and Non-commercial applications.
Global Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market Overview
Increasing adoption of the chainsaw due to a surge in the demand for wood and government initiatives to promote safety equipment is expected to drive the chainsaw safety equipment market during the forecasted period. Increased FOCUS on improving chainsaw safety standards is the biggest growth driver for the chainsaw safety equipment market. Growing reliance on chainsaw for different home operations will drive the demand for chainsaw safety equipment, especially for helmets, gloves, and visors.
There are certain restraints and challenges faced which can hinder the market growth. The slowdown in world economic growth and lack of awareness about safety amongst underdeveloped countries are the factors that might hamper the growth of the market.
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market: Segmentation Analysis
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market is segmented based on Type, Application, And Geography.
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market by Type
GlovesEye Wear Safety Apparel Others
Based on the type, the market is bifurcated into Gloves, Eye Wear, Safety Apparel, and Others. Safety Apparel segment is expected to hold the largest market share due to the growing need for enhancing safety levels.
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market by Application
Based on the application, the market is bifurcated into Commercial and Non-commercial. The commercial segment is anticipated to have the highest CAGR in the forecasted period due to safety regulations by the government to protect the body from dangerous accidents.
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market by Geography
Based on regional analysis, the Global Chainsaw safety equipment Market is classified into
The largest share in the market will be dominated by North America owing to the rising demand for hardwood lumber in this region.
Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market Competitive Landscape
The “Global Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market” study report will provide a valuable insight with an emphasis on global market including some of the major players such Husqvarna AB, PFANNER- Schutzbekleidung GmbH, Oregon Products, ANSELL LTD., ANDREAS STIHL AG Co, COFRA, Beeswift Limited, Globus EMEA FZE, Moldex-Metric., and SIOEN N.V.
Our market analysis also entails a section solely dedicated to such major players wherein our analysts provide an insight into the financial statements of all the major players, along with its product benchmarking and SWOT analysis. The competitive landscape section also includes key development strategies, market share and market ranking analysis of the above-mentioned players globally.
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What is Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market?
The chainsaw is a portable electric power tool used for wood cutting. The fast activity of the chainsaw eliminates the energy and time required by the operator to complete the job.
What are the key driving factors for the growth of Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market?
Increasing adoption of the chainsaw due to a surge in the demand for wood and government initiatives to promote safety equipment is expected to drive the chainsaw safety equipment market during the forecasted period.
What are the top players operative in Chainsaw Safety Equipment Market?
Husqvarna AB, PFANNER- Schutzbekleidung GmbH, Oregon Products, ANSELL LTD., ANDREAS STIHL AG Co, COFRA, Beeswift Limited, Globus EMEA FZE, Moldex-Metric., and SIOEN N.V.
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1 INTRODUCTION OF GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET 1.1 Overview of the Market 1.2 Scope of Report 1.3 Assumptions
3 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY OF VERIFIED MARKET RESEARCH 3.1 Data Mining 3.2 Validation 3.3 Primary Interviews 3.4 List of Datsources
4 GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET OUTLOOK 4.1 Overview 4.2 Market Dynamics 4.2.1 Drivers 4.2.2 Restraints 4.2.3 Opportunities
5 GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET, BY TYPE 5.1 Overview 5.2 Gloves 5.3 Eye Wear 5.4 Safety Apparel 5.5 Others
6 GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET, BY APPLICATION 6.1 Overview 6.2 Commercial 6.3 Non-commercial
7 GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET, BY GEOGRAPHY 7.1 Overview 7.2 North America 7.2.1 U.S. 7.2.2 Canada 7.2.3 Mexico 7.3 Europe 7.3.1 Germany 7.3.2 U.K. 7.3.3 France 7.3.4 Rest of Europe 7.4 Asia Pacific 7.4.1 China 7.4.2 Japan 7.4.3 India 7.4.4 Rest of Asia Pacific 7.5 Rest of the World
8 GLOBAL CHAINSAW SAFETY EQUIPMENT MARKET COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 8.1 Overview 8.2 Company Market ranking 8.3 Key Development Strategies
9.1 Husqvarna AB 9.1.1 Overview 9.1.2 Financial Performance 9.1.3 Product Outlook 9.1.4 Key Developments
9.2 PFANNER- Schutzbekleidung GmbH 9.2.1 Overview 9.2.2 Financial Performance 9.2.3 Product Outlook 9.2.4 Key Developments
9.3 Oregon Products 9.3.1 Overview 9.3.2 Financial Performance 9.3.3 Product Outlook 9.3.4 Key Developments
9.4 ANSELL LTD. 9.4.1 Overview 9.4.2 Financial Performance 9.4.3 Product Outlook 9.4.4 Key Developments
9.5 ANDREAS STIHL AG Co. 9.5.1 Overview 9.5.2 Financial Performance 9.5.3 Product Outlook 9.5.4 Key Developments
9.6 COFRA 9.6.1 Overview 9.6.2 Financial Performance 9.6.3 Product Outlook 9.6.4 Key Developments
9.7 Beeswift Limited 9.7.1 Overview 9.7.2 Financial Performance 9.7.3 Product Outlook 9.7.4 Key Developments
9.8 Globus EMEA FZE 9.8.1 Overview 9.8.2 Financial Performance 9.8.3 Product Outlook 9.8.4 Key Developments
9.9 Moldex-Metric 9.9.1 Overview 9.9.2 Financial Performance 9.9.3 Product Outlook 9.9.4 Key Developments
9.10 SIOEN N.V. 9.10.1 Overview 9.10.2 Financial Performance 9.10.3 Product Outlook 9.10.4 Key Developments
10 APPENDIX 10.1 Related Research
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Data Collection Matrix
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- Market drivers and restraints, along with their current and expected impact
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We assign different weights to the above parameters. This way, we are empowered to quantify their impact on the market’s momentum. Further, it helps us in delivering the evidence related to market growth rates.
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Industry Analysis Matrix
- Global industry landscape and trends
- Market momentum and key issues
- Technology landscape
- Market’s emerging opportunities
- Porter’s analysis and PESTEL analysis
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- Policy and regulatory scenario
- Market revenue estimates and forecast up to 2027
- Market revenue estimates and forecasts up to 2027, by technology
- Market revenue estimates and forecasts up to 2027, by application
- Market revenue estimates and forecasts up to 2027, by type
- Market revenue estimates and forecasts up to 2027, by component
- Regional market revenue forecasts, by technology
- Regional market revenue forecasts, by application
- Regional market revenue forecasts, by type
- Regional market revenue forecasts, by component