Wearing the Correct PPE

Wearing the Correct PPE

Wearing the correct PPE clothing is essential for your safety. When a chainsaw comes in contact with your PPE equipment, such as protective pants, they have a split second where they either work and save your life and limb, or they fail. As with safety equipment such as a motorcycle helmet, the quality and build of the helmet can make a massive difference.

Chainsaw Pants

Comfortable, durable chainsaw pants can make a huge difference. You want pants that are a no-brainer to wear day in and day out. It would be best if you had a good fit so that you can fully raise your legs without binding in the seat of the pants, restricting your ability to climb. The SIP Boxer Type A Class 1 Chainsaw trousers are a great choice as an entry-level option. They have a raised back to reduce the amount of chips ending up in your pants. In addition, they come with a six-layer front protection inlays. Another good ‘entry-level’ pair of chainsaw trousers is the SIP Basepro Class 1 Type-A. However, these have don’t have that stretch fit that gives you the full freedom of motion that enables the most comfortable day-to-day usage.

Wearing the Correct PPE: Type C

The reality of working with dangerous equipment, such as a chainsaw, is that unexpected things can occur. While type A protection safeguards you against a front-facing impact, things can go wrong. For example, a blade can go out of control and strike you from an unexpected angle. Type C Chainsaw trousers are the best choice; They protect you on all sides — even in edge cases.

SIP’s Innovation Canopy W-Air Type C trousers provide all-around protection with excellent breathability for best comfort. It uses Nylnet lining for breathability, with a waterproof fabric on top, which acts as a moisture-wicking protective inlay. To keep the pants protecting your ankle, it has elasticated gaiters to hook to your shoes. And it uses a six-layer protective inlay built using Dyneema yarn. This fibre provides high energy absorption and enhanced protection while remaining lightweight.

Remember that with any PPE equipment, the damage from an impact can make the protective layers unsuitable as protection against future impacts. Always check your equipment after any event to ensure it’s safe and functional.

If you have any questions about our range of PPE equipment, you can reach us any time on 021 496 5132