Each year, approximately 36,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries from
using chain saws. The potential risk of injury increases after hurricanes and other natural disasters, when
chain saws are widely used to remove fallen or partially fallen trees and tree branches.
Safeguards against injury while using a chain saw:
brake, front and rear hand guards, stop switch, chain catcher and a spark arrester.
heavy work gloves, cut-resistant leg wear (chain saw chaps) that extend from the waist to the top of
the foot and boots that cover the ankle.
felling a tree and at least 30 feet from anyone operating a chain saw to remove limbs or cut a fallen
save a life.
Take extra care in cutting “spring poles” trees or branches that have gotten bent, twisted, hung up on, or
caught under another object during a high wind. If the tree or the branch is suddenly released, it may
strike the person cutting it, or a bystander, with enough force to cause serious injury or death. Even a
seemingly small tree or branch (2 inches in diameter, for example) may pose a hazard when it is released
To avoid injury:
release tension slowly
How you can help:
cutting techniques to fell and remove limbs from trees.
personal protective equipment, and workers follow safety guidelines.