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Safety: Operating a Chain Saw Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Safety handling of a chain saw

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Operating a chain saw is inherently hazardous. Potential injuries can be minimized by using proper personal protective equipment and safe operating proced­ures.

Before Starting a Chain Saw

Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure that they are functi­oning properly and that they are adjusted according to the manufa­ctu­rer’s instru­ctions.
Make sure that the chain is always sharp and the lubric­ation reservoir is full.
Start the saw on the ground or on another firm support. Drop starting is never allowed.
Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area, with the chain’s brake engaged.

Fueling a Chain Saw

Use approved containers for transp­orting fuel to the saw.
Dispense fuel at least 10 feet away from any sources of ignition when performing constr­uction activi­ties. No smoking during fueling.
Use a funnel or a flexible hose when pouring fuel into the saw.
Never attempt to fuel a running or HOT saw.

Chain Saw Safety

Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw’s chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
Keep your hands on the saw’s handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protec­tion.
Do not wear loose-­fitting clothing.
Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut.
Gasoli­ne-­powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback.
Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place.

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