There are a number of industries that will require employees to use a wood chipper as a part of their day-to-day tasks – anyone who works in paper making, tree felling and selling firewood will probably be fairly familiar with the use of the machine. If you need to train your employees on how to use a chipper, however, make sure you drill the following safety tips into them:
Wear proper safety equipment
Anyone operating or working nearby to a wood chipper should wear the proper safety equipment at all times. This includes thick gloves, earplugs or earmuffs, hard hats, and safety glasses or goggles. These will to prevent the most common chipper injuries – hands, eyes and hearing damage.
Do not tamper with the guards
During the manufacturing process, every wood chipper will have protective guards fitted over certain areas of the machine to ensure that safety is of first priority. Many employees feel that these guards hinder their work, however, and choose to remove them, which poses a serious safety hazard.
Re-train and re-educate at least once a year
Any employees who use a wood chipper should be provided a refresher course in safety at least once a year, through both a written test and a visual instruction performed by a trainer. If you ever invest in a new chipper, re-training should also be undertaken immediately to ensure your employees can use the new machine.
By ensuring that you do the above things when teaching your employees how to safely use a wood chipper, you can help to put an end to preventable and devastating accidents in the workplace. Remember that it is not only enough to train your employees; you must also ensure that they adhere to this training at all times.