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Presentation on theme: "Basic Chainsaw Safety & Directional Felling Course Outline Why we train Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Safety features of the chainsaw."— Presentation transcript:

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2 Basic Chainsaw Safety & Directional Felling

3 Course Outline Why we train Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Safety features of the chainsaw Safely starting a chainsaw Reactionary forces when operating a chainsaw Developing a safe felling plan Properly notching and felling a tree

4 Manual vs. Mechanical Felling

5 Why We Train: Risk and Hazard Mitigation

6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Required PPE when operating a chainsaw: Eye protection Hearing protection Head protection Leg protection Foot protection Personal first aid kit

7 Eye Protection Face Screen Safety Glasses

8 Hearing Protection Ear Muffs

9 Head Protection Hard Hat

10 Leg Protection – Why It Is Needed

11 Types of Leg Protection Images courtesy of

12 How Leg Protection Works

13 Front side of chapsBack side of chaps

14 How Leg Protection Works

15 Foot Protection Leather Boots are NOT cut-resistant Saw hands are required to wear cut- resistant footwear

16 Personal first aid kit

17 Safety Features of the Chainsaw Chain brake Throttle inter-lock Chain catch peg

18 Chain Brake

19 Throttle inter-lock

20 Chain Catch Peg

21 Proper Grip For Holding the Saw

22 Reactionary Forces

23 Pulling Chain

24 Pushing Chain

25 Bottom Quadrant or The Attack Corner ATTACK CORNER

26 Kick-back Zone Kick-Back Zone

27 Safely Starting a Chainsaw

28 Ground Starting

29 Leg Lock Start

30 Safely Starting the Chainsaw

31 Properly Felling a Tree

32 Developing a Felling Plan

33 The Felling Notch

34 Notch Angle

35 Correct Notching

36 Avoid By-Passed Notching

37 Cutting the Notch

38 The Felling Plan 1.Overhead Hazards 2.Side Lean/ Good Side;Bad Side 3.Escape route 4.Proper Hinge Wood 5.Back Cut

39 Overhead Hazards

40 Bad SideGood Side

41 Escape Direction of fall 45 0

42 Proper Hinge Wood Function of the hinge wood Proper hinge width Role of tree species in determining hinge width

43 Function of the Hinge Wood

44 Proper Hinge Width

45 Tree Species & Hinge Width Photos courtesy of

46 Body Placement

47 Two Types of Back Cuts Conventional back cut Controlled release back cut

48 Conventional Back Cut

49 Controlled Release Back Cut

50 Conclusion

51 The SHARP Logger Program would like to thank the following groups for making this training possible: Disclaimer: Commercial products pictured in this training are for informational purposes only. Virginia Cooperative Extension does not endorse these products and does not intend discrimination against other similar products. Forestry Mutual Insurance Company Bob Shank – Shank Logging Ontario Hardwoods Inc.

52 Training Completion


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