Chainsaw Safety Reminder

The chain saw is one of the most efficient and productive portable power tools used in the industry. It can also be one of the most dangerous. If you learn to operate it properly and maintain the saw in good working condition, you can avoid injury as well as be more productive. The September 2015 Monthly Safety Blast from the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education is on Chainsaw Safety.

“Logging has consistently been one of the most hazardous industries in the United States (US). In 2010, the logging industry employed 95,000 workers, and accounted for 70 deaths resulting in a fatality rate of 73.7 per 100,000 workers. The fatality rate for logging was over 21 times higher than the overall fatality rate in the US in 2010 (3.4 deaths per 100,000). This excessive risk for fatal work injuries points to a need for prioritizing research and intervention programs to make this industry less hazardous.” [Read more.]