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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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