October 19, 2023
New Chainsaw Safety Video – Launched by Minister Heydon

The new chainsaw safety video was officially launched on 18th October 2023, by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Farm Safety, Martin Heydon. Up to 80,000 chainsaws are used on Irish farms by farmers and contractors and this video has been designed to educate users to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to operate chainsaws effectively and safely. Minister Heydon urged everyone using a chainsaw to view this video to review safety standards, maintenance requirements and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) before undertaking any task using a chainsaw.  It is also important to consider the skill and competence of the user and seek training if necessary.” Speaking at the launch, Teagasc Director, Prof. Frank O’Mara said; “We are committed to safety and education and this video is a significant step in that direction. This Chainsaw Safety video not only educates but empowers chainsaw users to tackle their tasks with confidence, knowing they have the knowledge and skills to operate their chainsaws safely.”  He particularly thanked FBD Insurance and the Farm Safety Partnership, Advisory Committee to the Health and Safety Authority, for their support in the production of this video.
Teagasc Safety Specialist, Dr John McNamara reminded chainsaw operators that the this video demonstrates techniques for smaller scale timber work. He advised that a specialist contractor be used for large scale chainsaw and timber work. Watch the video on YouTube by following this LINK. You can find further guidance on the use of chainsaws at the Health and Safety Authority website by clicking HERE.