Article published by : Michael Foley on Thursday, February 08, 2018 - Viewed 42 times

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9 Simple Log Splitter Safety Tips



No matter if you're a newcomer to using a log splitter or experienced with breaking apart thick pieces of hardwood, it's essential that you concentrate on workplace and personal safety. It should be your main consideration, irrespective of experience or skill.

Using a log splitter can save you a lot of time and energy that might be used to do more important things, but you should never overlook these simple security reminders for protected log splitter operation.

Here are some simple methods to ensure your log breaking encounter is a secure and effective one.

1. Read the guide

Before beginning the log splitter, you need to read the user guide together with supplementary material that may have come with the log splitter.

The user manual should include whatever that you want to comprehend regarding your log splitter: specifications, limitations, maintenance instructions, user instructions, and security warnings.

Always read and understand the warning labels and directions to prevent accidents. It is there for a reason.

2. Wear safety gear

Always wear personal protective equipment before using a log splitter. Standard safety equipment every operator must have include ear muffs, safety goggles, durable long pants, steel-toed boots and work gloves.

Take off loose items such as jewellery and do not wear clothes that might get jammed in the machine's moving parts. Always assume that the machine is running.

3. Keep the place clean

Prepare an unobstructed perimeter of two to three meters around the log splitters to avoid accidents and ensure proper airflow.

Never use the splitter near bystanders and animals and don't allow unauthorised workers to touch the machine, even if it's turned off.

Always keep tabs on the debris along with any additional fragments which may fly out while dividing a log.

4. Keep children and animals away

Never allow a pet, animal or a child to come too near the machine, even if it's not being used. Kids can press the wrong button which may lead to dangerous and painful injuries.

Always keep tabs on the machine if you're aware there are children around. Don't be afraid to become competitive if desired. Log splitters are not toys.

5. Watch what you load

While log splitters perform the vast majority of the task, most of the time you will still have to manually load it with large and thick logs for targeted for splitting. Constant loading of logs from the floor to the machine puts a significant strain on your back and spine.

Consider purchasing movers and other devices which will help load and lift logs.

6. Do not use while drunk

Do not use a log splitter or any other power tool or heavy machinery while under the effect of substances. This isn't restricted to just alcohol.

Don't use a log splitter if you have taken medication or other substances which may impair your eyesight, hearing loss, or capacity to react or reason.

7. Use outdoors

Only use a petrol-powered log splitter outdoors, in broad daylight. The gases emitted from the system contain carbon dioxide, an odourless, invisible deadly gas. The area must also be well-lit.

8. Switch it off

Always turn the log splitter off prior to making alterations to the log's position. The incorrect hand positioning at the wrong time and with all those moving parts, it may lead to serious injuries and even amputations.

9. Use in well-lit locations

Never operate heavy machinery during the night or in dimly-lit spaces. When outside, make sure that there's enough light to go around to view everything.

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