Chain Saw Safety After Fran

RRR3494 rrr3494 at
Mon Sep 9 18:48:12 EST 1996

This information may be of some interest to your readers.. Bob Reynolds

	Date: 9/4/96
	Purpose: Information on Hurricane Clean-Up

With another Hurricane bearing down on the Southeast Coast, here are some
very helpful tips on using a chain saw to clean debris.

NOTE: The chain saw is a time saving and efficient power tool. However, it
can be unforgiving and lethal, causing injury or death in the hands of a
uninformed and unaware operator. It is not the chain saw causing the
accidents or injuries but the environment in which they are used. (There
were 42,000+ Chain Saw Related Accidents in 1994)

***** Read your safety manual that came with your Chain Saw ******

1. If you are going to help clear tree and wood debris, you should wear at

	1. A Helmet System (consisting of Head, Face and Hearing
	2. Cotton or Leather Gloves, 
	3. Chain Saw Protective Chaps or Chain Saw Protective Pants (UL
	4. A pair of Leather Work Boots w/Steel Toes. 
	These are required by OSHA reg. 1910.266 for all Employed Chain
Saw Operators.

2. Make sure that your Chain Saw has these features working: 
	A. Chain Break (Manual or Inertia)
	B. Chain Catcher
	C. Working Safety Throttle Switch
	E. Working On / Off Switch
	F. Spark Arrester 

3. Make sure your chain saw carburetor is properly adjusted. (This should
be done by a trained servicing dealer) A misadjusted carburetor will cause
stalling or poor performance and could cause an accident.

4. Have several commercially sharpened saw chains to match your chain saw
and bar.  
	THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!! You can immediately dull a chain saw
chain by hitting  the ground with the tip, or cutting dirty wood, hitting
a rock or nails. It is 	very tiring to cut with a dull chain and the extra
pressure you apply to the chain saw to cut faster will only increase your
chance of a kick-back injury!

5. Look out for Hazards!!
	A. Broken or hanging branches (They do not call them widow makers
for nothing)
	B. Attached vines or leaning dead tree.
	D. If the tree is broken and under pressure, makes sure you know
which way the pressure is going. If not sure, make small cuts to release
some of the pressure before cutting up the section. 
	E. Be careful of young trees that other trees have fallen on. They
act like spring poles and may propel the chain saw back into your leg.
(Many professional loggers have been hurt in this manner.) 

6. Felling a dangerous broken tree should be left to a professional
cutter. A downed tree may weigh several tons and easily injure or kill an
unaware chain saw operator. More injuries occur during clean up after a
hurricane than during a the storm. 

7. When bucking up (cutting) a downed tree place a plastic wedge into the
cut to keep your chain saw from binding up. They are available at any
servicing chain saw dealer and sometime come packaged with the saw.

8. Never cut when tired or alone. Most woodcutting accidents occur late in
the afternoon when most people are pushing to finish up for the day.
Always work with a partner but never around children or pets.

9. When felling a tree keep everyone at least  two tree lengths away . 

10. You should have a preplanned escape route at a 45  angle from the
projected direction of a falling tree. Make sure there is nothing that
could trip or stop you from making a quick retreat.

11. Read your owners manual concerning kickback. To reduce the risk of
kickback injury:
	A. Use a reduced kickback bar, low kickback chain and chain brake.
	B. Avoid contact of bar tip with any object.
	C. Hold the chain saw firmly with both hands.
	D. Do not overreach.
	E. Do not cut above shoulder height.
	F. Check chain brake frequently
	G. Follow sharpening and maintenance instruction for the chain

12. When picking up heavy wood debris, use the proper method of bending. 
A 24  log may weigh over 100 lbs. 

Cleaning up tree damage after a storm is a very demanding job. If you
follow these basic tips you should be able to avoid preventable injuries.

For more information or for A Free Safe Woodcutters Guide call  Bob
Reynolds, Marketing Manager at: 

Manufacturer / Supplier 
Logging Safety Apparels and Accessories
821 W. 5th North Street, Summerville SC, 29483  *  Phone: 803-875-0240   
Fax: 803-821-2285  email: RRR3494@

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