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Safe Operation of a Chain Saw

 
Chain Saw
OSHA requires the following practices when using a chain saw:

Before Starting the Saw [29 CFR 1910.266(e)(1) and (e)(2)]
  • Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure they are functioning properly and adjusted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Fuel the saw at least 10 feet from sources of ignition.
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from fueling area, with chain brake engaged, and with the chainsaw on the ground or otherwise firmly supported.
  • Check the fuel container for the following requirements: [29 CFR 1910 Subpart H and 29 CFR 1910.266(d)(9)]
    • Must be metal or plastic
    • Must not exceed a 5 gallon capacity
    • Must be approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), or other Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
While Running the Saw [29 CFR 1910.266(e)(2)]
  • Keep hands on the handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the chainsaw.
  • Clear the area of obstacles that might interfere with cutting the tree or using the retreat path.
  • Do not cut directly overhead.
  • Shut off or throttle released prior to retreating.
  • Shut off or the chain brake engaged whenever the saw is carried more than 50 feet, or on hazardous terrain.
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