Operating a chainsaw is inherently dangerous. Chainsaw cuts are always serious, but this is not the only hazard a saw operator faces. Saw operators are often struck by falling limbs and trunks as the tree moves during felling. Saw operators may fall off ladders or out of trees, or they may trip while moving through brush and uneven ground. Even when the tree is on the ground, danger lurks in wood under tension. Spring poles snap and logs roll unexpectedly. Personal protective equipment (PPE) saves lives every day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that saw operators wear the PPE described in this publication, including head protection, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw chaps or pants, and suitable footwear.

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Published on Dec 06, 2018

Ellen M. Bauske Senior Public Service Associate, Plant Pathology Rolando Orellana Urban Water Management Agent, Northwest District Wade Hutcheson ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator, Northwest District
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