Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Chainsaw Safety Essential Tips

by Toni Richards

The chainsaw is one of the most common tools that is used for tree removal. However, if you are not careful, the chainsaw can place you in danger. It is essential that anyone who will be using a chainsaw to remove a tree receive proper training. However, even those who have been trained on how to correctly use a chainsaw can sustain injuries.

Wear Protective Equipment

Always wear protective equipment when using a chainsaw. Chainsaws can cause debris to fly up, which can cause injuries. Always wear safety goggles, work gloves, and thick clothing. Wearing a hardhat is recommended because the tree removal process can cause branches or even tree trunks to fall and may cause a head injury if you are not careful. 

Use An Anti-Kickback Chainsaw

One of the most common reasons for a chainsaw-related injury is a bar nose kickback. When the tip or nose of the guidebar touches an object, this can cause a kickback. This can lead to the guidebar being pushed rapidly toward the operator. To avoid this, make sure to use a more modern chainsaw that is designed to reduce the risk of a kickback. For example, it is important to have a chain brake that stops the chain immediately when kickback occurs. This brake is used manually, so do not forget to use it if you lose control of the chainsaw.

Make The Worksite Safe

Make sure that the worksite is set up in a manner that reduces the risk that the chainsaw comes in accidental contact with other objects in the area. This will reduce the risk of kickback. 

Be Prepared To Provide First Aid

If an accident does occur and the individual using the chainsaw is injured, there is a good chance that there will be a lot of bleeding. Everything possible needs to be done to stop the bleeding. Make sure to apply pressure to the wound and to allow for coagulation. Bleeding usually stops in 10 minutes. Then, it is important to get the individual who has suffered the injury medical treatment as soon as possible. Bandages that contain chitosan are especially effective at stopping bleeding.

Given how dangerous chainsaws can be to use, it is a better idea to hire a tree removal service than it is to use a chainsaw. These professionals use equipment and techniques that can minimize the risk that they will sustain injuries. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like