Wearing anti-cut safety clothing when we use a chainsaw is one of those things that practically no particular user uses. The problem is that chainsaws or chainsaws are one of the most dangerous machines that we sell in our entire store and working without protection, especially if we do not work sporadically, is a heroic act. In this article, we are going to try to explain the virtues of anti-cut safety clothing for chainsaws that can have several values of protection depending on the speed at which the chain moves and is able to protect the user.
Why use protective gloves?
The protective gloves are an important element of protection because its use is very simple and we can avoid possible damage such as cuts, scrapes, burns, etc. In addition, its use implies greater safety in our work as they allow us to work with a better grip and firmness, a fact that will make our work safer. Also, protective gloves will prevent us from staining grease or chemicals, which can be harmful and difficult to clean.
How to choose protective gloves?
According to the work we are going to do …
The work to be done is the main factor to be taken into account since depending on this one we will need protection or another. It is not possible to find a glove that covers all possible risks; therefore, we must analyze each case and choose the most suitable protective gloves for each situation.
Any tool powerful enough to penetrate and cut wood can do the same with human flesh; therefore, injuries caused by chainsaws are usually serious. Before using a chain saw, be sure to read and understand the user’s manual and that the saw you are using is the right one for the job. The capabilities of the saw must be described in the instruction manual. If you rent a saw, make sure it is proven, including safety features. Also check that the saw is sharp, has the correct tension and is in good condition.
When using a chainsaw, wear protective clothing, including a helmet, goggles, and protective gloves for a good grip, hearing protection, steel toe shoes and non-slip soles, and tight clothing that will not get tangled in the saw.
Start the chain saw according to the instructions in the manual. Pick up the work area so that the saw does not touch anything, except for the wood you want to cut, and place the saw on a level surface; Never place a saw on your leg or start it by letting it fall with one hand and pulling the starter cord with your other hand. Stand on one side of the saw so that the cutting path does not coincide with the leg and stand on the rising side of the object to be cut so that it does not roll towards you. Hold the saw parallel to the floor with the left arm stretched to achieve better control and reduce the chance of the saw hitting you if it backs up.
Keep both hands on the saw while it is running. Work slowly and without rushing. Allow the chainsaw to do the work; never force it. Avoid cutting at a height higher than the middle part of the chest. Never try to cut a tree that has a diameter greater than the length of the blade of the saw and avoid branches that may jump as you cut. Always note what is in the downward trajectory of the saw after cutting. It is recommended to take frequent breaks while cutting to avoid using the saw when tired.
Factors to consider for protective gloves:
The type of activity, the ambient temperature, the materials to be handled, the dexterity necessary, etc. are some of the factors to consider for our choice.
Protective gloves are designed to protect against risks that may arise due to the use of hand-operated chainsaws (chainsaws). Currently, all chainsaws are designed for right-handed users and therefore, all designs and requirements of protective clothing are designed assuming their use with the right hand. The protection may not be suitable for use with the left hand. There is no individual protection equipment that can ensure 100% protection against cutting by hand-operated chainsaws. However, it is possible to design individual protection equipment that offers a certain degree of protection, applying different functional principles, which include:
- Sliding of the chain: on contact with the chain, it does not cut the material.
- Trapping: the chain pulls the fibers of the material to the drive sprocket and blocks the movement of the chain.
- The brake of the chain: the fibers of the material have a high resistance to the cut and absorb the rotational energy, thus breaking the speed of the chain.
Generally, more than one principle can be applied.
Although some chainsaw injuries are caused by user error, recoil is the cause of the greatest number of chainsaw injuries. In recoil, the upper chain “seizes” the wood or an obstruction, and forces the saw backward, causing the user to lose control of the saw or lose balance and causing the saw to touch the body. Some chainsaws have brakes designed to stop the saw instantaneously after recoil. Although the brakes do not prevent recoil, they can reduce the severity of the injury caused.
Carry the saw below the waist, with the engine off and the saw arm in the backward direction so that if it trips, the saw will fall behind you. If the saw is electric, be sure to use an approved extension cord for outdoor use and do not use the saw in damp locations. Fill chainsaws that run on gasoline outdoors, taking care not to overfill or spill fuel. Never refuel a saw when hot. Allow it to cool first and have a fire extinguisher at hand.
It is dangerous to work alone with a chainsaw. Have someone you can call, but keep viewers and assistants at a safe distance, so that they are not injured by the saw, pieces of wood being thrown, sawdust or the object you are cutting.