Chainsaw safety

By: Sade Sturdivant

Kick back

Kickback is the term to describe the unexpected upward motion of the guide bar.Kickback occurs when the end portion of the nose of the bar (the kickback zone) strikes an object and the chain momentarily snags, or is pinched.

Tips for reducing kick back

  • Cut only one piece at a time.
  • Run the saw at full power when cutting.
  • Keep the chain sharpened to specifications (e.g. correct depth and angle).
  • Match chain and bar for exact pitch and gauge.


Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothes,goggles,helmets, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury.Chainsaw protection (especially a helmet with face guard, hearing protection, kevlar chaps, anti-vibration gloves, and chainsaw safety boots).