Box clever with chainsaws
Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30
Farmers were urged to employ contractors with specialist equipment for tree felling work.
Forest workers often refer to leaning or broken trees as 'widow makers' due to the dangers.
Teagasc's Tom Ryan pointed out there were many high risks and hazards linked to chainsaw use such as severe cuts,kick-backs, noise, vibrations, eye injuries, chains derailing or breaking and head injuries.
Mr Ryan said farmers should hire in trained individuals to fell trees and deal with hazardous situations such as windblown trees.
He urged people to ensure they use the proper safety footwear with steel toecaps, Kevlar chainsaw trousers with 11 layers of polyamide to foul up and stop the chain, chainsaw gloves and a safety helmet for head protection.
He pointed out the left hand and knee were most vulnerable to injury from the chain.
"Keep the chainsaw close to your body and stand like in a boxer stance," he said. Mr Ryan warned kickback was most likely to occur when the top part of the nose of the guidebar makes contact with the timber during chainsaw use.
He urged people to keep the chain really sharp, ideally sharpening it every time you refuel. He pointed out it should be resulting in woodchips rather than sawdust.