|Stick to Lighter Loads |
Feeding excessively large pieces of wood and debris into a chipper increases your risk of injury.
The high speed of the wood chipper can cause materials to discharge backwards. Overloading the chipper with large bits of wood can cause larger materials to be ejected, resulting in blunt force trauma.
|Tuck It In |
Wear tighter fitting clothes, and make sure you don't have any baggy cuffs, dangling jewelry, belts, straps, ties, or anything else that could get caught in the machine.
Also, if you sport long hair or a large-sized beard, it's a good idea to tie it up. Tuck hair in a hat and consider a beard net for your chin.
Always make sure to wear a hard hat to protect your head from the impact of high-speed splinters, chips and chunks of wood that may be thrown back at you by the blades.
Finally, because you'll be carrying wood to the chipper, it's a good idea to also wear steel-toed safety boots to protect your feet.
|Feeding the Beast|
Avoid the feed chute area and stay out of the hopper! There is no such thing as a minor accident when it comes to working with wood chippers. All accidents are detrimental!
One moment's distraction could get you pulled into the machine, so stay focused whenever you're feeding materials into the hopper.
|Be a Neat Freak|
To avoid slipping or tripping in the debris, keep your area clean as you go. Don't allow debris to pile up. Sweep it away from the hopper.