With the snow now melted away, time to get to work on all the fallen trees brought down by the snow.
Now all you guys out there who got chainsaws for Christmas – take heed. At Gibbons Gardening, we have always had a very health respect for tools that can mame or kill you – chainsaws are one of the most dangerous and not very forgiving. Every accident with a chainsaw is a nasty one.
You need to take safety very seriously and always use Personal Protective Equipment (referred to as PPE ). When using any dangerous equipment or entering into dangerous tasks we always do a risk assessment to ensure both our safety and anybody Else’s safety (or property). It not worth taking that short cut – EVER.
If you really want to do it yourself, then get booked on a course. There are many excellent course available locally and they teach you everything you need to know about chainsaw safety, maintenance and cutting safely, all followed up with an exam which is both theory and practical.
PPE is vital. If you are doing loads of cutting, then its worth spending more on the gear, but most importantly the gear must be appropriate for the job and the saws you will be using. Dont buy second hand unless its pretty much brand new – especially a helmet. This really needs to be new as you dont know the history.
One thing we find totally amazing is that anybody over 18 can walk into a garden equipment or country store and buy any chainsaw – even monster ones that should only be used by professionals. There is no legislation, certification, training or minumum PPE requirements – all you need is cash or credit card.
On a serious note, anything to do with tree removal, limb removal or clearance is dangerous and jolly hard work – it’s both physically and mentally draining – so don’t believe its a walk in the park and never attempt it yourself without training.
Its not worth the risk to life, limb or property – call Gibbons Gardening for a quote instead!