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London Ontario's LS Training now offers online chainsaw safety training

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LS Training (www.lstraining.com) now offers online chainsaw training, along with a range of online landscape industry equipment and related training.  

According to the London, Ontario based company,  while making a minor  performance mistake with a lawn mower, for example, might result in poor quality  cut of the lawn, making a poor choice or  what appears to be simple mistake when using  a chainsaw can result in serious injury to users  or bystanders, or can cause significant  property damage. In this respect, the company says  chainsaws are unique.  

To find out more, or view a sample of the  LS Training System chainsaw module, contact 1-877-482-2323 or email: [email protected]  

According to the company's website at www.lstraining.com, the objectives of a company chainsaw safety program (as per the Ministry of Labour) should be based around knowledge of what safety precautions to take when working with a chainsaw, and to practice proper maintenance.  

Following are tips from www.lstraining.com:  

Keep the operator's manual with the chain saw 
If the manual is missing,  contact the manufacturer for a replacement.  Periodically review the manual for safe  operating procedures.    

Personal Protective Equipment  
Use the proper personal protective equipment  (PPE) for the job.
Use the following as a  guide:    

Clothing should fit well and be free of dangling or ragged edges which can become tangled in the saw. The use of nylon mesh protective leg chaps and/or knee pads can provide increased protection for the legs.

A hard hat protects the head from falling limbs or branches. A properly fitted hat is cool, comfortable and provides protection from head injury.

A full face shield or safety Goggles/Glasses that have side shields prevent injury from flying wood chips, twigs, and sawdust.

Protect ears from the high level of noise produced by the saw.

Safety Boots or shoes with high tops protect ankles in the event of accidental contact with a moving saw blade. Steel toed boots will help protect the feet from falling limbs or logs.

Lightweight leather gloves protect hands from cuts splinters, and abrasion. Preventive Maintenance  

Keep saw in good repair 
Consult the operator's manual and check for  needed maintenance before each use.  The operator's manual can be the best source  of information for this procedure.    

Sharpen the saw if:  
the chain tends to "walk" sideways while cutting the cut shows fine powder instead of chips it is necessary to press hard to cut smell burnt wood.

Good cutting action and a long chain life increase with correct chain tension. If too loose, a chain will derail, if too tight a chain will bind.    

Proper Lubrication prolongs the life of the saw  and increases safety.     Follow these precautions when fuelling and  starting the chain saw engine.   Only refuel the engine when it is cool.

Never smoke when working with a power saw.

Start a saw by putting one foot on the bracket to the rear of the saw. Grip the top handle of the saw firmly with one hand and use the other to pull the starting rope. Never drop start the saw.

Transport a power chain saw in a chain guard or a carrying case. Do not carry the saw in the passenger area of a vehicle. Brace the saw so that it cannot tip.

When storing the saw, drain the fuel tank in a safe area, and run the engine at the idle until it stops. Remove the chain and store in oil. Disconnect the spark plug to reduce an accidental starting. Keep out of the reach of children.    

Review:  
- Wear close fitting clothing.
- Use a face shields or safety goggles, ear protection, safety boots and gloves.
- Keep equipment in good repair and make adjustments as needed.
- Follow recommendations for refuelling and safely starting saws.