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Monday Weekly Share #20 Safe Chainsaw Usage

Monday Weekly Share #20 Safe Chainsaw Usage

Monday Weekly Share #20 Safe Chainsaw Usage

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We all know that chainsaws are used for many jobs in construction.  As the weather is warming up and people spend more time outside doing the odd jobs, cutting brush, cutting lumber for blocking and or simply cutting wood for our fire pits and stoves, it can be an unfamiliar tool to some workers. Operators must be trained by a qualified trainer in the care, use, and maintenance of a chainsaw.

Chainsaws must comply with CSA Standard Z62.1-15. Workers must follow the following safe work practices:

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Wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) as set out by the manufacturer and the health and safety legislation (i.e., OHSA and construction regulations). This PPE should include, but not be limited to:

  • Hardhat
  • Gloves
  • Face shield
  • Ballistic leggings
  • Protective footwear
  • Other PPE deemed appropriate to the work.
  1. Inspect the chainsaw according to manufacturers’ specifications before use. Defective equipment should be removed immediately, tagged “out-of-service”, and sent for repair or discarded.
  2. Ensure that the chain brake is functioning properly and is adequate to stop the chain.
  3. Ensure that the chain is sharp, has the correct tension, and is adequately lubricated.
  4. Use the correct methods of starting, holding, carrying, storage, and use of the saw as directed by the manufacturer and the training. (Refer to the Safe Job Procedure: Starting Chainsaws.)
  5. Only fuel the saw in a well-ventilated area and not while running or when hot.
  6. Use an approved safety container with approved spout or funnel to refuel the saw.
  7. Do not use the chainsaw for cutting above shoulder height.
  8. When carrying/transporting a chainsaw, ensure the bar guard is in place, the chain bar is toward the back, and the motor is shut off.
  9. Maintain safe work limits to co-workers and/or equipment.
  10. Always practice good housekeeping techniques.


Chainsaws are a very useful tool saving us time and energy but you must be trained to operate the chainsaw for it is very dangerous tool that can cause life threatening injuries.

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Stay safe and know how to operate your tools.