#92 Chain Saws

Chain saws are powerful gasoline powered saws. A shortcut, a quick move, or carelessness by the operator can cause serious injuries. Examples include: foreign bodies n the eyes, amputations, trips and falls, burns, severe lacerations, and even death.

Before attempting to operate a chain saw, or any other power equipment, thoroughly review the manufacturer’s instructions on operation and maintenance. This will give you tips and information that the manufacturer feels will be helpful to you in operating the saw safely. If the manual is not available, be sure to get thorough instructions elsewhere. Be sure to dress properly – wear snug fitting clothes. Personal protective equipment is essential to protect your eyes, hands, hearing, feet, and head. Gloves, safety glasses, safety toe boots, hearing protection, and a hard hat should all be available.

Be sure that you are familiar with all parts of the saw. These parts include the chain brake, ignition switch, muffler, chain, guide bar or blade, throttle trigger, and fuel cap. Check the saw for loose fittings, proper chain sharpness and tension, loose sparkplug, dirty air filter, frayed or worn starting cord, or a missing or defective muffler. Be sure to sue the right mix of gas for your saw. Always let you r saw cool down before adding fuel. Use only approved safety containers for fuel. Do not allow smoking and open flames where fuel is stored or handled or while maintaining or operating the saw. Remove any fuel or oil spills from the saw before starting.

Always take care to prevent kickback. This is an unexpected jerk that moves the guide bar upwards and/or backwards. Kickback can cause extremely serious injuries. Hold the saw firmly and away from your body and other obstructions before starting. Do not allow the chain to touch anything. The best way to control the saw is by keeping a firm two-handed grip on the handles. Always carry a chain saw with the guide bar to the rear and away from the body.