Chipper Safety Tips from Altec
Posted by: Catherine Whittaker on November 11, 2015
Altec equipment is designed to get the job done effectively, efficiently and reliably – with operator safety as the number one priority. There are several safety features designed into Altec’s chippers – including the patented Panic Bar for automatic shut-off, accessible from the rear or sides.
Altec prides itself on dedication to keeping equipment operators safe – from integrated safety features on equipment to the SENTRY Program, helping employers train and certify operators.
While Altec’s dedication to safety goes above and beyond, there are several important steps you can take when operating a chipper to keep yourself safe.
Prior to Operation:
- Always read the operator’s manual; you can easily download this and other safety information from Compact Power Equipment Rental
- Be sure you know how to stop and/or disengage quickly, including how to operate the Panic Bar
- Make sure the hood is closed and latched
- Inspect the cutting chamber – as well as the limbs, branches or brush – for foreign objects or other impediments prior to turning on the chipper
- Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes and a hard hat at all times
- Avoid wearing jewelry or loose fitting clothing that could be caught in the chipper while working; wear boots with rubber soles to prevent slips near equipment and long pants to protect your legs from any debris
- Always operate on an even, level surface
- Operate the chipper away from others to avoid any potential injury to bystanders; stop the equipment if others enter your work zone
- Avoid feeding excessively large pieces of wood or brush into the chipper, as this can increase your chance for jams or injury
- NEVER attempt to unclog, empty, inspect or otherwise reach into the chipper while it is running