This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be followed when using a petrol-powered top-handled chainsaw for arboriculture off-ground work. Tree work requiring the use of a chainsaw should be carried out only by a trained and competent climber who has experience of chainsaw use, or by a trainee under supervision who is competent using a chainsaw on the ground. You can use this leaflet, along with the chainsaw manufacturer's handbook, as part of the risk assessment process to identify the controls to put in place when using a tip-handled chainsaw.
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