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Powered Hand Held Machinery

This includes machinery such as strimmers and hedgecutters etc.

Further, specific guidance on chainsaws is also provided.

Never approach someone if they are operating machinery – they will be wearing ear protection and may be startled by you.

· check that guards are fitted to the power tool before starting the engine;

· add fuel before starting the engine;

· always switch off the engine before making adjustments;

· make sure that machinery cannot start accidentally; ??

· lock machinery away securely when not in use;


· hand held power tools must not be carried with the motor running (other than in the operating position);

· never leave machinery/vehicles running while unattended.

· never remove guards whilst the machine is running

· do not operate engine in a confined space – Danger: exhaust fumes are poisonous;