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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Jun 21, 2012 in Chippers

Even though tree chippers are highly useful pieces of outdoor power equipment, they can prove lethal or even fatal when in inexperienced hands. Whilst the machines themselves are fitted with a number of safety features that are designed to protect users and spectators from harm, there is also a number of safety precautions that users must take before attempting to use a chipper.

  • Features

The chipper should be fitted with a mechanical-feed control bar (which activates the rollers when pulled) that prevents the user from having to get too close. The bar should also include quick-stop and reverse-feed controls. The machine itself should also be fitted with a bottom-feed stop bar, a panic bar, rubber flaps over the chutes and a hood to cover the discharge chute.

  • Training

Anyone who plans on using a tree chipper should be put through adequate training surrounding its operation and safety procedures. This should equip them with the knowledge of what to do should something go wrong whilst utilizing the machine.

  • Gear

When using a chipper, it is important that the user wears the appropriate safety gear to further prevent themselves from sustaining a serious injury or even from being killed. Never wear loose fitting clothing, jewellery or long loose hair. Always wear thick work gloves and safety glasses (ear protection is also recommended).

If you ensure that everyone using a tree chipper is aware of the above safety issues, you can rest assured that your employees or family will be protected from injuries and death when using this dangerous equipment. To make things easier, always keep safety gear near to where the chipper is stored to ensure that it is used when necessary.