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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Jun 29, 2012 in Chippers

Whilst you may think that you are using heavy-duty equipment, like wood chippers, safely, if you haven’t received any proper training or, at the very least, read the manual that came with it, it is likely that you are making a few potentially dangerous mistakes. Before pulling out your chipper this weekend, make sure that you are taking the proper safety precautions to ensure that you avoid injury or even death.

  • Clothing: Operators should wear proper safety gear, such as sturdy work boots, thick work gloves, hard hats, safety goggles or glasses, earplugs, and close fitting pants and shirts. Jewellery should also be removed and long hair tied back.
  • Equipment failure: Chippers should be serviced regularly to ensure that all parts are working as they should be; a number of preventable injuries are caused by damaged chains or hoods.
  • Training: Inexperienced operators should be properly trained and supervised whilst operating a wood chipper and, even when trained, operators should never work alone.
  • Work Area: Operators should clean up the designated work area well in advance of turning the equipment on. Twigs, leaves and other debris should be cleaned away to prevent tripping hazards.

By taking into account the above safety precautions before using your wood chipper, you can ensure that both yourself and the people around you are protected from the risks of injury or even death. If you are ever unsure about the operation or safety requirements of a particular chipper, ask someone who does know or refrain using the equipment until you have received clarification.