Safety Operating Procedures

Safety Operating Procedures
WHS System - Corporate
Safe Work Instruction - Chainsaw - Concrete Cutting
DO NOT use this plant* unless you have been inducted in its safe use and operation by an
Authorised Experienced Operator
This SWI may not cover all possible hazards and risks and should be referred to as a control measure in the risk assessment process.
Additional training may be required for high risk plant. Site and task may change required PPE.
Eye protection must be worn
Long and loose hair must be
contained or covered.
Hearing protection must be
Foot protection must be worn
Hand protection must be worn
P2 face mask must be worn
when airborne dust or fumes
are created
Protective body clothing must
be worn
Head protection must be worn
Entanglement in moving parts
Cutting, Stabbing or Puncturing
Injury from sharp or flying object
Injury from contact with moving parts
Injury from work pieces being ejected
Injury due to operating of plant in unsuitable weather
Hearing damage from excessive noise
Irritation from excessive dust
Exposure to High Pressure Fluid
Injury from exposure to high pressure fluids
Slip, Trips, Falls
Slip, trip, fall due to uneven or slippery work surfaces
Slip, trip, fall due to steep working surfaces
Manual Task Injury
Manual task injury from incorrect manual handling
Manual task injury from repetitive movements
Manual task injury from plant vibration
Contact with hot or cold parts of plants
Injury due to kickback from sharp rotating parts
 Complete site specific risk assessment
 Complete visual plant check before operation
 Ensure you are familiar with plant operations and
 Always turn off hydraulic pump motor before
 Ensure that guards are fitted, secured and
functional in accordance with manufacturers
Check proper chain tension: the chain should be
loose and easily pulled around the bar by hand
Select the proper chain for the material being cut
Ensure proper chain installation, the bumper should
lead segment into the cut
Outline the cut with a permanent marker for a
visual cutting guide
Check for live services such as electrical wiring,
gas, water, telephone etc. near cutting area before
commencement of work
Extractor fans to be provided in confined spaces or
poorly ventilated areas
 Keep clear of moving plant parts
 Operate plant to the conditions of the work area,
ensure work area is clear before operating
Adopted: 15.04.2016
TRIM Ref: 53289E
checking and topping fuel and oil levels or checking
Regularly check the hydraulic pump head for
blockages and clear as necessary making sure the
pump is turned off before handling the pump head
Avoid pinching the bar and chain
Always cut the bottom of an opening first, then
sides and then top. Save the easiest cut till last
Plunge cut instead of starting at the top of the wall
as this will reduce chatter
Always operate saw at full throttle
Use wall walker attachment (if fitted) to cut
efficiently and reduce user fatigue. Wall walker
converts inward force to downward force and gives
a 4 to 1 mechanical advantage
When cutting heavy rebar, slowly rock the saw to
help keep the diamonds exposed
Before making adjustments bring plant to a
complete standstill and isolate
Last Amended:
 Allow plant to cool before performing any
maintenance, refuelling or cleaning
 Run saw out of cut with water on for 15 seconds to
flush debris from chain, bar and drive socket
Review Date: 15.01.2019
Version: 1
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WHS System - Corporate
 Wash concrete slurry from saw assembly. Flush
out valve handle with water
 Remove bar and chain, flush out chain tensioner
assembly with water and spray with WD40 or CRC
 Clean hydraulic flush face fittings on saw and
power pack
 Ensure plant is in good working order and stored in
the appropriate location
 Do not use if plant is faulty. Attach a DO NOT
OPERATE tag and report fault to your supervisor
Do not leave plant running unattended
Do not work on unstable ground
Do not wear loose jewellery
Do not use mobile phone while operating plant
*Plant in this SWI refers to any machinery, equipment,
appliance, container, implement and tool.
TRIM Ref: 53289E
Adopted: 15.04.2016
Last Amended:
Review Date: 15.01.2019
Version: 1
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