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serious chainsaw accidents
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:33:57 PM »
A young man I know started a new job about a year ago with one of the local logging companys. He is a recipient of a Fraunk-n-Steen saw(266/630). To be gifted one of those saws a young man has me interested in his well being. With that said, he came to me to tell me of his new job. I told I was happy for him and his family. Then asked him if he had safety equipment. I was concerned because I had no knowledge of his employment as a professional. He had no safety equipment. I gave him some chaps and told him to get a helmet asap. Recently this young man was off work for two weeks. You guessed it, chainsaw got him. Although the accident wasn't serious because he was lucky. It could've been very serious. I have witnessed only one serious saw accident and that was enough for me. Fella came close to bleeding out before he got to the hospital. He wasn't wearing chaps at the time of the accident. A 3/8 rip on the inside of his thigh. I'm submitting this as a reminder to all you pros and a stern directive to the weekenders/hobbiest. Wear your safety equipment. If you don't own any, get some.

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2018, 12:42:50 PM »
Sound advice, couple it with proper training. A chain saw is a dangerous tool in inexperienced hands. I haven't been hurt yet but have scared myself a couple of times.
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2018, 12:49:48 PM »
I just found out Stihl offers a beginner safety package. It includes a set of half wrap chaps, and a hardhat that has screen face shield and ear muffs all for $100.

I have never had any safety stuff and I got bit once. Super lucky it was just a flesh would but it sure gets your attention.

If I remember I will try to get pics of the kit. Definitely worth the $100

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 01:39:37 PM »
About 15 years ago I was getting tired at the end of the day. Should have stopped working but just wanted to finish. Long story short the Homelite 922 chain tip entered my left foot just back of my new steel toed boots. It went in about an inch.
I pulled my boot off ( shouldn't have) wondering how much foot was still in my boot. Lots of blood but no missing parts.
Doctors cleaned and stitch and morphine plus demurral. Couldn't reconstruct, to chew up behind my big toe. No pain now but that part of my foot is fused now.
I'm reminded of that stupidity with every step from now on. :(
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 02:14:47 PM »
Pros know better than to be with out equipment, so when they get cut they are harder on their selves than anyone. Novist, generally speaking, aren't as aware the chainsaw is an unforgiving machine. A 42cc saw and smaller will even have a unassuming look about it. I don't know how much attention this post will get. So far the replies are A+. The young man I spoke of in the original post has went back to work. He loves being a logger and because of that he will be a good one. Maybe,just maybe, his accident coming so early to him will keep him and others who will learn from him safer.

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 02:18:43 PM »
They will all be A+  ;)  I still have 2 little marks just below my knee.  ::) No loss of blood. Lucky,mighty lucky.
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 04:53:56 PM »
10 years of hand falling the only accident has been a widow Maker to the left shoulder and a full brim hard hat a lucky day. Another thing make dang sure the plastic hard hats or helmet are up to the task of taking a hit from a limb most aren't.

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2018, 07:49:28 PM »
I fit the frequent novice category and ran chain saws for over 30 years without PPE then I joined this forum, the stories woke me up and now I wear chaps and helmet, I know I'm not bullet proof.
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 10:52:27 PM »
All the PPE in the world will not keep you safe if you make constant bad decisions while cutting wood and not learning from your mistakes.

You must pay respect towards your saw in how you handle it, how dangerous it can be, how well you maintain the powerhead and bar/chain.

Never leave a cut tree standing then turning your back on it and walking away from it.
When felling trees work with the wind not against it. Good wind, bad wind.
Always keep checking by looking up, never forget about what's above you when felling or removing trees.

If your not sure don't do it.
Pace yourself, fatigue increases chance of accidents.
What you do while cutting wood you are responsible for the safety of people and property around you.
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2018, 11:51:49 PM »
Good posts from knowledgable people. 

I'll never forget the day, August 3rd 1980 when my father in law who was a very intelligent electrical engineer was helping me clear a lot. 

He was somewhat controlling and was questioning my PPE and my felling method so as usual i let him have his way.
He grabbed the old steel cased Homelite from my hands and said grab me some wedges. 
As i was returning with the wedges a small widow maker fell onto the reving saw and forced the chain DEEP into his leg , worst cut I've ever seen. 

Many stitches and he was ok but kinda glad i witnessed this freak accident as it's kept me focused from that day forward. 

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2018, 11:55:51 PM »
Welcome to the forum Rebarb.
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2018, 03:46:35 AM »
Definitely worth the $100


I wear at least 500$ of PPE on me when falling and even if it would be 1000$ it's always worth it and definitively alot cheaper than a chainsaw accident!   
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2018, 08:01:28 AM »
I am continually amazed (appalled) at what I see people do with chainsaws. I recently witnessed a dude place the saw into the wood, one-handed, then get'er going full-throttle (still single-handed) while looking over his shoulder and other stuff. A kickback would have launched the saw--most likely onto his head.  :-X :o
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2018, 08:24:22 AM »
where I come from we call that natural selection :)

as long as innocent bystanders are not involved

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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2018, 12:05:01 PM »
That is why I tried to talk consumers out of top handle saws. They frequently said they wanted a hand free to hold the log or brace themselves in the tree while limbing. :o
old age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2018, 12:41:11 PM »
I have a Husq 395XP that I have a great deal of respect for. The manual states something like, "Do you REALLY need a saw this size. You should really consider using a smaller saw...." True story!
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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2018, 08:19:27 PM »
My 372xp has a similar statement"This saw is capable of severe kickback. Do not operate it unless you have extraordinary cutting needs and experience and special training for dealing with kickback". It goes on to say lower kickback saws are available.
Construction co., demolition co., factories and more will have safety meetings with employees as frequent as once a week. Insurance requires documentation of these meetings. A safety meeting is a reminder. Keeps a person thinking about getting their job done without injuries to anyone. I decided to touch on this subject because of the young man I spoke of in the original post. Just a reminder to use ppe, common sense, and to get someone to help you when needed.

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Re: serious chainsaw accidents
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2018, 07:28:35 AM »
To go with this it may not hurt to put up some of the other types of PPE that's available that you normally don't see unless you're in industry.
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2018, 09:06:33 AM »
 I've only had a couple fairly close calls over the years, one put a good scratch in my good pair of jeans. Nothing will make your hair stand up quite like coming in contact with even a barely moving sharp saw chain. I bought a pair of chaps earlier this year, hopefully they never get put to the test but that's potentially one of the best investments I've made as far as chainsaw related stuff goes.
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2018, 12:12:12 PM »
That is why I tried to talk consumers out of top handle saws. They frequently said they wanted a hand free to hold the log or brace themselves in the tree while limbing. :o
It's a serious concern. The other problem with them is with the handles so close together, you have much less leverage with which to control the saw in a kickback or other unexpected situation.
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