Wood chippers are a great way to get rid of large and unwieldy pieces of wood that won’t otherwise be used and to turn them into a useful substance. Wood chippings can be used to create fuel, or pulp that helps to fertilise soil. They are also often used in landscaping to create softly covered areas that will eventually become mulch.
What is a wood chipper?
A wood chipper is a shredder that sits inside a metal casing that has a chute for wood to be thrown in at one end and a chute for wood chips to be released from at the other end. Wood chippers usually come on wheels and are powered by an engine. They come in all different sizes ranging from small chippers that can be used by gardeners to large, vehicle-sized chippers that are used by logging companies.
Safety tips for using a wood chipper
- Never operate a wood chipper while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while feeling excessively tired or ill
- Always wear protective clothing and goggles, even when simply going near a wood chipper that is being operated by someone else
- Never use a wood chipper at work without proper training and supervision
- Never leave a wood chipper turned on unsupervised
- Always make sure the chipper is turned off before making any adjustments
- Always operate in a well-lit, ventilated area
- Never wear loose clothing while operating a wood chipper and keep long hair tied back at all times
- Don’t get too close to the chipper when in operation
- Never attempt to force a log or plank that is too large into the feeder of the chipper
- Never attempt to manually remove pieces of wood that have become stuck while the chipper is moving, even if you have already turned it off
Have you been injured in an accident with a wood chipper?
Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at all times at work, which means that if you have been injured in an accident with a wood chipper at work, your employer may well be to blame. This is because everyone in the work place should be given good quality, functioning equipment and safety gear and everyone should be fully trained and supervised at all times. To learn more about employer negligence and personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.