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Safety information profile: chainsaw operations in the logging industry.
NIOSH 1979 Apr; :1-37
A safety information profile is presented for chainsaw operations in the logging industry (SIC-2411). Felling and bucking procedures are described. Potential safety and health hazards are reviewed, including cuts from the chainsaw blade, and noise and vibration levels. Existing controls that primarily protect the worker from the blade are discussed. Accident and injury statistics are summarized. Worker exposure to levels of vibration and noise from the chainsaw operation is discussed. Industry trends and existing federal standards are considered. Names and addresses of industry associations and other interested parties are provided. It is concluded that most chainsaw accidents are due to careless operation of the tool and laxities in training. It is recommended that chainsaw safety controls be devised and that the use of personal protective gear be encouraged. More comprehensive federal safety regulations are advised, as is further study to evaluate noise and vibration exposure.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0130; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Accident-statistics; Industrial-operations; Industrial-processes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hazards; Logging-camps-and-logging-contractors
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Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division