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Working with Timber

One of the most dangerous tasks carried out on the farm is tree felling and using chainsaws. All people who use chainsaws should be trained by a competent training provider. Alternatively, a competent person can be contracted to carry out the work.

Chainsaw Operation

When using chainsaws:

  • Wear safety helmets, eye protection, ear defenders, chainsaw gloves and leg protection
  • Always use safety boots with protective guarding and good grips
  • Ensure the chainsaw is properly maintained
  • Grip the saw properly using both hands
  • Keep hot exhaust from flammable materials
  • To refuel: shut off the engine, leave to cool and refuel in a well ventilated area
  • Keep bystanders away from the area
  • Apply the chain brake when the chainsaw is not in use
  • Clear the work area before starting
  • Never cut above shoulder height

Further Information

Health and Safety Authority Agriculture Code of Practice

Teagasc Chainsaw Operation Information

Teagasc Protective Equipment Page