WELCOME TO THE SAW SAFETY TEAM
Saw Safety is a weekly newsletter of safety tips created by the UGA Saw Safety Team. This newsletter is for professionals in tree care and landscape, men and women who put a saw in wood. The letter offers one tip per week, is short and sweet, easy to share, and perfect for tailgate meetings. The goal of Saw Safety is to help companies and public sector entities create a culture of safety within their organizations and to encourage safety discussions. The steady stream of safety tips is punctuated with tips on sharpening, equipment, and other great resources. Illustrative, educational, and occasionally funny videos are embedded in the newsletter, when appropriate, and with full respect to copyrights. Events from the Georgia Arborist Association keeps readers up-to-date on trainings offered throughout the state.
In 2014 tree care and logging officially became the most dangerous work in the United States with a discouraging 78 deaths per year. Accidents abound when falling trees, chainsaws, and heights are combined. Arborists are not the only workers using chainsaws. Landscapers, golf course workers, city and county workers, and many others in the public and private sectors all commonly use chainsaws.
In the short time since it was created, subscription has grown steadily and the newsletter is widely recirculated. The Saw Safety newsletter is both deadly serious and lightly humorous. One reader commented, “We recently put together a safety training class for volunteers in our CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team) and other volunteers. Used some of these videos to illustrate what stupidity really looks like.”
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You need a safe, clear escape route when felling a tree. 90-15-5 Rule 90% of the accidents during felling occur within 15 seconds after the tree moves and within 5 ft of the trunk. This is called the 90-15-5 rule. Within the radius of the tree there are two high … Read more
Safety isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life. First and foremost, make sure you have your PPE on. Starting at the top, a helmet, safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, chainsaw pants or chaps, and finally, boots, preferably with steel toes. Now determine what equipment is needed to assist … Read more
Safety isn’t a word, it’s an action plan. Before you drop a tree, you need a plan. The Five Step Felling Plan can save your life. The first step of the Felling Plan is called heights, hazards, and lean. You cannot drop a tree safely with out determining the height, … Read more
SO WHO ARE THE SAW TEAM ANYWAY?
FROM OUR ARCHIVES
- Welcome to the UGA Saw Safety Series
- Hard Hats, Helmets, and Tree Care
- Excuse me, did you say “Hearing Protection?”
- Eye and Face Protection
- Chainsaw Chaps or Pants
- Boots and Gloves
- Carrying and Transporting Chainsaws
- Happy Halloween from the Saw Safety Team
- Tree Care Industry Association and The Dripline
- Safe Start
- Cool Equipment Break
- Saw Safety Holiday Demonstration
- Five Signs of a Dull Saw Chain
- Chains and Cutters
- Sharpening Tips
- The Bar
- Oil and Fuel
- Smoking and Fueling
- Chainsaw Sculpture
- Turn Your Saw Upside Down to Get the Chain Tight
- Mechanical Advantage
- Mechanical Advantage with Ropes and Knots
- Last Chance for Saw Safety Training
- Inertia Chain Brake
- Three More Critical Saw Safety Features
- Cool Cut: The Stump Cut
- Site Assessment: The Tree
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The Saw Safety Team has well over a hundred and fifty years of tree care experience.
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