To saw or not to saw that is the question….

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sawing on a ladder
What would Health and Safety make of this photo we found on the good old social media today?!

There are many things wrong with this photo, one could almost mistake it for a circus act. If you were to come across this in a forest clearing we would suggest running for your life – quite literally!

Don’t try this at home

We liken this photo to a comedy of errors, however there is a multitude of dangerous problems that could result in this fellow loosing his life or at best being seriously injured.

Let’s take a look more closely.

  • The ladder is not secured properly
  • Clearly using a ladder in the first place is a no no as once the tree is sawn off, it will take the ladder with it. When securing your ladder ensure that the work you are carrying out won’t affect the stability of your ladder.

    (Let’s hope that his ladder is at least EN131 certified!.)

    Ladders should be secured against a suitable surface where there is little risk of slipping – clearly a tree trunk is not a good idea! Ladders should also be placed on a secure surface. Uneven ground is never a good idea as this could slide from underneath the ladder.

  • Using the ladder incorrectly
  • When using a ladder you should position yourself facing the rungs – never use a ladder facing away from the rungs like this photos shows. This could cause the ladder to become unbalanced and additionally you have nothing to hold on to.

    When ascending and descending the ladder, keep each hand on either side of the ladder to maintain your balance. Where possible, keep tools in a tool belt.

  • Lack of personal protective equipment
  • When carrying out jobs such as tree cutting, it is essential that you kit yourself out with personal protective equipment such as a hard hat, goggles, ear protection and gloves – none of that wood dust should be going in your eye!

  • Just where is he cutting that tree stump?!
  • That will be one huge stump once chopped! Most trees are cut leaving the shortest stump possible. It appears that this guy is simply sawing at the easiest angle.

    Let’s hope that the trunk doesn’t come crashing down on this head!!

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