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Chainsaw Safety Guide (Illustrated)

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  • Gene Caballero
  • October 24, 2021

One of my favorite tasks in the yard is busting out the chainsaw and doing some good ole’ tree work. Whether it is pruning my bushes or cutting down trees, it takes a lot of practice to use a chainsaw safely, and even then you still need to wear your safety equipment. So how can you use a chainsaw more safely? This infographic shows you how. 

What are the most common chainsaw-related injuries?

There are over 23,000 hospital visits relating to chainsaw injuries each year. This should illustrate the point of how important chainsaw safety is. The most commonly injured area is the legs, which account for 41% of hospital visits. The arms, wrist, and hands account for another 30% of injuries resulting from chainsaws. 

How can I prevent injury while operating a chainsaw?

‘There are a lot of ways you can protect yourself while operating a chainsaw. First of all, you need to take the chainsaw very seriously. Second of all, you want to wear eye and ear protection along with a hard hat, gloves, and protective leg chaps. Also, be sure your clothing is well-fitting and not loose.

Why is wearing loose clothing while operating a chainsaw dangerous?

Look, it may not be immediately apparent. But loose clothing can get caught in the chain and pull in a part of your body which will lead to injury. If your clothes are well-fitting they are less likely to get wrapped up in the chainsaw. 

What is the most important safety gear for safe chainsaw use?

Because legs are the most injured human body while operating a chainsaw. You should invest in some good chainsaw chaps. You should also be sure to have a good pair of workboots that offer proper protection. Additionally, make sure you wear a long sleeve shirt that is not loose-fitting. 


At the end of the day, safe chainsaw operation is in your hands. Learn more info at LeadingDIY. Be sure to share this with your friends and family so they can operate a chainsaw a bit more safely. 

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