Because accidents have always been common in the field of wood exploitation, it is very important to use safety measures when working with a chainsaw. For those who have a Little Forester chainsaw, we have gathered in the paragraphs below some indications to avoid possible accidents.
Most of the time, accidents related to working with wood are caused by non-compliance with basic rules on the use of tools, so that cuts, amputations and blows are at the top of accidents. If you are not qualified to perform such works, the risk you are exposed to is even greater. Here are the safety precautions you should consider.
There are safety measures that you can follow regardless of whether you put the chainsaw into operation that day or not. These are general measures that you can follow without the need for a qualification or advanced technical knowledge.
First of all, try to carry out the works you have planned in a clean and well-lit area. The possibility of stumbling, of tangling in other appliances or scraps of wood must be eliminated. Therefore, free the area of debris and other tools that you do not use. Try to perform operations using natural daylight: twilight increases the risk of injury. For artificial lighting, place the luminaire in such a way that light does not enter your eyes and you do not obscure it with your shadow.
Work at a distance from other people. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least 4 meters from other workers or passers-by. However, this distance must be adapted according to the type of work. If for the cutting of the wood it can be considered that 4 m are enough, the felling of the trees requires, of course, the adjustment of this measurement.
Another rule that both you and the other members of the team must follow is to avoid alcohol, narcotics or drugs that decrease attention and reaction capacity. Chronic fatigue and poor physical condition are also to blame for events with an unhappy ending.
A series of steps that you follow before actually starting to work with the Little Forester saw can save you from the occurrence of critical situations. Some of the checks must be performed periodically, others even before starting the chainsaw.
Start by checking the chain and chainsaw brake. If the model is equipped with an automatic brake, it will start and lock the chain in case of a recoil, stopping the operation. But the chainsaws have a handbrake, and this is checked by running at medium speed, on a wooden body. Hold the handrail horizontally and press the front handle towards the guide rail to check its operation.
The chain check is normally done at least once every 30 hours of operation. If the chain is not properly tensioned, it may jump off the rail, causing serious injury. Insufficient tension can make work more difficult, while too tight a chain can deteriorate faster in use or break due to too much centrifugal force.
The chain can be tightened both cold and hot, so it will look different depending on when it was tensioned. The recommendation of professionals is to tighten the chain when it is cold. If you can move it with your hands on the guide blade, then it is in good working order.
Check the closing of the oil and petrol tank caps. A flammable fuel leak in contact with a spark from the engine or caused by accidental gravel hitting can be the cause of an accident.
During the operation of the Micul Padurar chainsaw, always keep in mind the use of a correct workstation. A stable and safe position will give you both a higher productivity and will save you, at the same time, from possible accidents.
It is recommended that the legs be at a distance from each other, located near the shoulders. The cut is made by a slight flexion of the knees, not bending forward or standing squatting. You need to feel as comfortable as possible and with the best grip on the chainsaw when working.
Do not use the chainsaw at too short a distance from the ground, because it is possible to train in the rotation of the material chain (branches and stones) that will be thrown towards you. At the same time, there is a risk of recoil, a major cause of accident. The wider the guide blade, the greater the risk of recoil. In addition to improper maintenance, various objects beyond the logs (branches, stumps) can cause recoil.
There are work positions that are strictly forbidden when working with a chainsaw, and skilled workers are already trained in this. Do not carry the chainsaw over your shoulder or over your head and do not use a chainsaw with one hand unless it is a model created specifically for such use.
Do not work with the Little Forester chainsaw indoors, because refueling with gasoline and oil will produce toxic gases and carbon monoxide. Even if you use a small amount of gasoline, heavy use can lead to a large enough accumulation of gas to produce poisoning.
Regardless of the size of the work, use only parts and accessories suitable for the chainsaw model you have.
Personal safety measures
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear when working. The clothes must be light, in order to move freely, and if you have long hair, you must catch it in a bun or a ponytail.
Wear boots or boots that have good grip on the ground and are reinforced with a metal toe. Any slip can be disastrous, and the chainsaw can easily get in through the rubber.
Helmets and goggles are mandatory. The helmet protects you both in case of a recoil and in the event of falling branches. Many of the accidents result in eye injuries, so wearing goggles is mandatory when logging.
Wear protective gloves made of a material that has a good grip for chainsaw control and is thick enough to protect you from splinters and bumps.