Wood chippers are useful, but can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. When operating a chipper, avoid wearing loose clothing. Even long hair could be at risk of getting caught in the machine. It is further important to wear proper gear, such as safety goggles, steel-toed boots, and a hard hat. When feeding a chipper, don’t load overly large pieces and use a broom or pole to push the materials. Always stay focused on what you are doing. Finally, wood chippers create a lot of debris which needs to be cleared out during use.
- Avoid loose clothing and jewelry and always wear safety glasses and a hard hat.
- The chipper should be fed carefully using a pole or broomstick, and not overloaded.
- A chipper creates debris around the hopper which should be cleared during operation.
“To avoid slipping or tripping in the debris, keep your area clean as you go. Don’t allow debris to pile up.”