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Wood Chipper Safety Tips

Whether you’re hiring a wood chipper or using your own, it’s critical that you understand how to operate the machinery safely. It goes without saying, but knowing how to use a wood chipper correctly significantly reduces the likelihood of an accident occurring. When operating plant machinery, your health and safety always come first, however, using the apparatus responsibly can also help to keep it in good working order.

To find out our top tips for using a wood chipper safely, keep reading.

Read The Product Information

As with any garden machinery, always read the product information before using the equipment. This is usually in the form of a paper manual, however, it can also be printed onto the box the product came in. Even if you are experienced with using a type of machinery, it is always recommended that you read the handbook. For any additional information about the product, consider speaking with your supplier or the manufacturer.

Wear Protective Clothing

Dress sensibly when operating the wood chipper. Wearing protective clothing such as a hard hat, ear muffs, gloves and eye goggles are a great place to start. However, you should also make sure any loose clothing is firmly tucked in to avoid entanglement with the machinery. Similarly, remember to tie up long hair and beards, and remove any dangly jewellery.

Don’t Put Foreign Objects Into The Wood Chipper

Never put foreign objects through the wood chipper. This might be extremely destructive to the machine’s intricate workings and may even ruin the chipper. If you rented the equipment, you could face a large fine. Alternatively, if the chipper was yours to begin with, the warranty is likely to be null and void. Needless to say, putting foreign objects into the wood chipper is also a safety risk, and should be avoided at all costs.

Stay Clear Of The Chute

Before you start the task at hand, make sure the wood chipper’s chute is facing a safe, open area. It should not be pointing towards people, oncoming traffic or blind corners. As you feed items into the chute, stand to the side of the chipper and get help with any heavy objects.

Reliable Wood Chipper & Machinery Hire

For plant and garden machinery hire, contact Double M Plant Hire today. Our products are of excellent quality and are well-maintained to ensure project efficiency and safety.

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