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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Dec 13, 2011 in Log Splitter

A log splitter can be a highly useful piece of equipment, but at the same time it can be highly dangerous. If you own a splitter or are thinking of investing in one, it is important to make sure that you take the proper safety precautions before and during use to prevent injury to yourself and bystanders.

The most common injuries associated with log splitter accidents are to the hands, arms and feet. It is very easy for these extremities to be crushed by the moving axe or wedge, pressure plate or even the wood being cut if the splitter is not being used correctly. Other common injuries include those to the eyes and face, caused by flying wood splinters.

The first thing you should do is to read the safety manual that comes with your log splitters, even if you have owned one before. Brands and models differ, so each time you invest in a new splitter, always be sure to read the manual and make sure you understand how to properly use the equipment.

Only trained adults should be in operation of a log splitter at any given time – children should not be allowed to use or stand too close to the equipment for any reason. Establishing a ‘safety zone’ around the splitter helps to keep spectators a safe distance away – this will prevent injuries caused by flying pieces of wood.

It is also important to wear to proper protective clothing whilst using the equipment. Safety goggles or a full-face mask should be worn at all times, as should steel toed work boots. Loose fitting clothing and jewellery should never be worn in case it gets caught on the equipment.

By following the proper safety procedures, you will be able to prevent many of the serious injuries associated with using a log splitter.