Chain Saw Accidents
Chain saws are extremely useful tools, especially for people living in or near the woods. But chain saws can be deadly instruments also. Each year hundreds of people lose their limbs or their lives in chain saw accidents. Sadly, almost all of these accidents could be prevented if people took the proper safety measures while using chain saws.
Chain saw blades are made up of many shark-like teeth that can move at 45 MPH when run at full throttle. This makes for an extraordinarily sharp blade, one that could cut through flesh and bone quite easily. Prevent tragic chain saw accidents by following the guidelines below.
Choose the Safest Saw
While no chain saw is "safe," you can choose the saw that is safest for your use. The best saw for you is one that you can comfortably handle and that is appropriate for the type of work you do most often. If your sawing needs are primarily cutting limbs, firewood and small trees, purchase a lightweight saw. A mid-weight saw is appropriate for cutting down small to medium sized trees. Unless you are a trained professional, you should never use a heavyweight saw. They are highly dangerous and unnecessary for almost all yard or woods work.
You should also pay attention to saws that offer safety features. There are many safety features you should look for such as anti-kickback devices, throttle interlock, and a hand guard. Test out a saw before you buy it to make sure it has a proper balance while in your hands. And remember that even the safest chain saw can kill.
Always Know Your Saw
Before you turn the saw on, read through the operator's manual. Many people skip this step, but when your life or limbs are on the line you must know what you're doing. Before you begin using your saw, practice on logs to get the feel of your saw and the way it handles. With an older saw, always check that the blades are still sharp and that the tension is right before you begin your work.
Before you begin working, clear your workspace to ensure that there are no loose twigs, stones or other debris that could get caught in your saw. Check to be sure there are no cords, ropes, or other things that could cause you to trip while handling your chain saw. Be sure that you have a secure and even footing at all times. Never saw after it has rained, as slippery ground may cause you to fall.