Chainsaws Injure Thousands Each Year

While efficient, chainsaws are inherently dangerous tools
that cause thousands of chainsaw injuries every year. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission there
were over 28,500 chain saw injuries in 1999. More than 36 percent of chainsaw
injuries occur to the legs and knees and the average chainsaw injury needs 110
stitches. The annual expense to treat chainsaw injuries in 1989 was 350 million
dollars which could mean costs are triple that today.

Workplace Chainsaw
Injuries

Assuming a chainsaw injury requires four weeks recovery, worker’s
compensation costs were estimated at 125 million dollars annually in 1989.
Although not as easily quantified, loss of production and loss of quality of
life for the injured party likely account for the single largest cost.

There are 69,000 professional loggers in the U.S. which
means that it would cost five million dollars to clothe each of them with one
pair of chainsaw chaps (at approximately $75.00 each). When you account for the
dangers in the logging industry, however, you can see that investing in safety
gear provides a good payback.

Chainsaw Safety Tips

Chainsaw injuries can be minimized by
using proper personal protective equipment and
safe
operating procedures
.

Before Starting a Chain Saw

  • Check that the saw is in good working order. The controls,
    chain tension, and all bolts and handles need to be in good repair and
    adjusted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure that the chain is sharp and the lubrication
    reservoir is full.
  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks
    from the area you will be sawing. Look for nails and spikes in the tree
    before cutting.
  • Always wear proper personal protective equipment when
    operating the saw, including hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing, and head
    protection.
  • Avoid loose-fitting clothing.
  • Before starting the chainsaw, ensure that the trunk or
    tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
  • Watch for branches being held down under tension as
    they may spring out when cut.
  • Only use gasoline-powered chain saws equipped with a
    protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback.

To Fuel a Chain Saw

  • Only use approved fuel containers to bring fuel to the
    chainsaw.
  • Dispense fuel at least 10 feet away from any sources of
    ignition when performing construction activities.
  • Do not smoke
    during fueling.
  • Use a funnel or a flexible hose to pour fuel into the
    saw.
  • Never attempt to fuel a chainsaw when it is running or
    hot from use.

Operating a Chain Saw

  • Start the saw on the ground or on another firm support.
    Drop starting the saw is very dangerous.
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area,
    with the chain’s brake engaged.
  • Keep your hands firmly on the saw’s handles, and
    maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
  • Be aware of the potential for saw kick-back. Prevent
    kick-back by keeping the tip guard in place (if supplied) and never saw
    with the tip.
  • Shut off the saw or engage the chain brake when
    carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.

Chainsaw Safety Features

Over the years, chainsaw manufacturers have added safety
features with the aim of decreasing chainsaw injuries. Some safety features are
on every chainsaw and others are only present in areas where they are required
by law. Most chainsaw safety features are focused on avoiding kickback through
a chain and bar design or reducing the risk of injury should kickback happen
with chain brakes.

Chainsaw operators should always wear proper safety gear
and inspect a chainsaw in advance to ensure that it is in good working order
and has the appropriate safety features.

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According to the rel=”nofollow” >U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission there
were over 28,500 chain saw injuries in 1999. More than 36 percent of chainsaw
injuries occur to the legs and knees and the average chainsaw injury needs 110
stitches. The annual expense to treat chainsaw injuries in 1989 was 350 million
dollars which could mean costs are triple that today.

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