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The dangers of using a chainsaw

Whether you are indulging in a spot of DIY at home, carrying out house and garden improvements, or it is part of your daily job role, working with and using a chainsaw presents numerous health and safety risks, which can lead to equipment-specific injuries of varying severity.

When operating such machinery, it is imperative to remember that if used without caution, chainsaws can present risks of severe to fatal injuries that are simply not an every-day danger for most individuals.

Working with chainsaws

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) rate chainsaws as dangerous machinery that demands adequate training and practised competency before professional use. The HSE state that many chainsaw-related accidents at work are caused by operators failing to follow good practice guidelines in an attempt to take short cuts.

The latest HSE figures reveal that, ‘direct contact with a chainsaw has caused [five] deaths and many serious injuries`. These do not include the high numbers of other types of accident that occur during felling, pruning and other related work.’

Common chainsaw-related occupational injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Cuts and abrasions to the skin
  • Loss of limbs
  • Electric shocks
  • Injuries to eyes through lack of eye protection
  • Death

Minimising the risk accidents when using a chainsaw

As well as sufficient training and good practice guidance, there are a number of safety precautions available to employees to help minimise the risk of chainsaw accidents at work.

In the case that your employer instructs you to operate a chainsaw, it is their legal obligation to provide the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as protective attire, steel-capped boots, a helmet and eyewear.  Gloves are also essential in protecting the hands.

The operation of a chainsaw also requires the worker to be vigilant, aware of their surroundings and members of the public passing by in order to prevent avoidable injury to themselves and any third-party victims.

Work-related accidents

When you experience an accident at work, through no fault of your own, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine whether or not you have an eligible case to claim personal injury compensation.

Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline now has years of experience assisting victims of personal injury with retrieving the compensation they are entitled to for the harm and distress their work-related accident has caused.

Speak with a member of our expert team today on freephone number 0800 689 5659. Receive a free initial consultation regarding the basics of your claim, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.