Inspect the vehicle from the exterior for any obvious defects or dangerous conditions prior to use.
Position seat, mirrors, radio and working papers at the start of shift to your size and configuration.
Avoid keeping bulky or sharp objects in your pockets or utility belts when seated for long periods of time.
Take periodic breaks while driving for an extended period of time.
Minimize twisting while using in-vehicle communications or other tools.
Assess the weight and position of heavy or awkward objects prior to moving them from the trunk, vehicle cargo area or bed. Beware of any load-shifting and respect the force of gravity on tilting objects or stacked materials.
Pay particular attention to road and walking surfaces.
Maintain high visibility of other motorists and use caution when stopping for loading or unloading.
Proper maintenance and adjustments are important to safely work with powered equipment and reduce the strain and load on your body. Before starting the equipment, verify that all wheels, levels and controls move freely and solidly. Adjust the handles, seats and controls for your comfort.
Whole-body vibration typically occurs when machinery vibration passes through the buttocks of the seated individual or the feet of a standing individual. The most widely reported injury is back pain, Good preventive strategies include:
Proper seat adjustment.
Proper speed of operation.
Avoiding irregular ground as much as possible.
Having equipment properly and regularly maintained.
Participating in job rotation.
Hand-arm vibration typically occurs when using powered tools such as:
Drills and grinders.
The weight of a chainsaw places a strain on your back. Try to get the work at a weight where you can more easily support the chainsaw on the tree without stooping.
When making the felling cut on a tree, support the weight of the saw by bracing your forearms on your thighs or knees.
Rest the saw on your thigh when you are cross-cutting or cutting branches to take the weight off of your lower back.
Keep close to the saw to reduce strain and avoid kickback.