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Chainsaw use requires proper trainingPosted on 20/07/2012

Chainsaw use requires proper training

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies that it is crucial to provide their staff with adequate training following an incident in Lincolnshire.

A landscape gardener was spotted working on a tree without any fall arrest equipment while handling a chainsaw improperly, and reported to the HSE by a neighbour.

HSE inspector Neil Ward described chainsaws as potentially "dangerous pieces of machinery" if used by improperly-trained people, adding that they can cause serious injury or even death in these circumstances.

"Working at height carries significant risks and all necessary precautions should be taken to prevent a fall," he argued.

The organisation issued a similar warning recently following the death of a teenager in Northampton, pointing out that working on roofs or other structures above the ground requires a great deal of planning.

This is especially important for agricultural workers, who should avoid working at height whenever possible, the HSE explained.

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