Logs should be cut with square ends prior to splitting.
When loading a log, always place your hands on the sides of the log, not on the ends, and never use your foot to help stabilize a log. Failure to do so, may result in crushed or amputated fingers, toes, hand, or foot.
Use only your hands to operate the controls.
Never attempt to split more than one log at a time unless the ram has been fully extended and a second log is needed to compete the separation of the first log.
For logs which are not cut square, the least square ends and the longest portion of the log should be placed towards the beam and wedge, and the square end placed towards the end plate.
When splitting in the vertical position, stabilize the log before moving the control. Split as follows:
Place log on the end plate and turn until it leans against the beam and is stable.
When splitting extra large or uneven logs, the log must be stabilized with wooden ships or split wood between the log and end plate or ground
Always keep fingers away from any cracks that open in the log while splitting. They can quickly close and pinch or amputate your fingers.