It’s perhaps no surprise that lumberjacking ranks as one of the world’s least desirable jobs, despite the draw of working outdoors all day in (sometimes) beautiful surroundings. Not only is it hard work, but it is also very dangerous, leading to 81 fatalities for every 100,000 lumberjacks, never mind the many thousands of severe injuries received each year. A logging saw is a particularly dangerous tool to work with, which means that proper safety precautions should be adhered to at all times. Here’s your guide to safely operating a logging saw.
What is a logging saw?
A logging saw is otherwise known as a heavy duty saw. It is powered and comes with extremely sharp blades that are protected to a degree by a plastic guard. Logging saws are capable of cutting very quickly through tough and thick material; this speed is necessary for workers in the logging industry as they are under a great deal of pressure to cut as many logs as possible in the shortest period of time.
Safety tips for operating a logging saw
- Never use a logging saw if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you feel excessively tired or ill
- Always wear protective clothing, heavy duty gloves, and metal-capped boots
- Always wear goggles, hearing protectors, and a mask to protect you from potentially harmful dust
- Never wear clothes which are loosely fitting, or which have toggles and other attachments which could become tangled in the saw’s blades
- Only ever operate a logging saw after proper training and with adequate supervision
- Ensure the work area is well-lit and ventilated
- Do not work near flammable gases or liquids
- Always ensure the plastic guard is fitted
- Never leave the logging saw plugged in and unattended
- Never place the logging saw on the ground in the on position
- Always turn the plug off before making any adjustments to the saw
Accident Advice Helpline can help
If you have been injured in an accident with a logging saw at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which is designed to compensate the victims of others’ negligence. Even if you were operating the saw, it could be the case that your equipment was insufficient or faulty, or that you had not been given the proper training or supervision necessary to operate such a dangerous tool. To find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.