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In Praise Of PPE
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:17:15 PM »
While working on clearing vines, I marveled at how nice it was to wear chaps, gloves, and my forestry helmet. My legs didn't get shredded with briars, stickers didn't rip my ears, and no branch that tried to smack my face succeeded. I could also intentionally take a hit on my head cutting small branches, and it was no big deal. It's like going into battle fully armored  :^D



If there was zero chance of me dropping wood on my head, or sticking a saw where it didn't belong, the gear would still be well worth wearing in the woods. It just makes life so much nicer. Highly recommended!

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 08:07:09 PM »
I like your attitude, the job is so much easier when properly equipped. Of course, I had to learn that lesson the hard way. ::)
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 10:41:57 AM »
It's a legal requirement to wear PPE whilst "working" here and indeed in most if not all Europe as in Canada ? I do remember the old style trousers feeling like you had gone to work with two quilts wrapped around your legs but todays gear is so comfy I don't understand anyone not bothering with even the basic stuff ! I have seen comments about PPE means you are not working safely in the first place and if you know what you are doing then you don't need it ….must be great to be such an expert ? In almost 30 yrs of cutting I've never cut a pair of trousers but have been glad of the protection when I've thrown a chain or had a chain break and as well pointed out the protection against thorns etc is worth every penny !! However each to his own 

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 11:53:25 AM »
 Commercial or professional chainsaw endusers must wear PPE here in Canada. Fines of up $5000 are known to be handed out on second warnings.
To make free health care work in Canada and Europe laws like this must be in place.
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 12:06:39 PM »
I've been looking for chainsaw pants for a while now. Was going to get Husqvarna but found people saying that they don't breath well, making you sweat. 
I've thought about chaps, but don't think they'll be as comfortable as pants.

So now i have my eyes on Oregon yukon strets with straps.

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 12:14:43 PM »
I have the regular cheap Husqvarna apron chaps, and I'm very happy with them. When these are done, I'll get the same thing again(same with the Husqvarna forestry helmet). I thought about getting another pair for work, but I think I'll just keep the ones I have in the truck. They won't take much room laying flat, and I'll have them everywhere I might need them.

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 01:22:24 PM »
I have the regular cheap Husqvarna apron chaps, and I'm very happy with them. When these are done, I'll get the same thing again(same with the Husqvarna forestry helmet). I thought about getting another pair for work, but I think I'll just keep the ones I have in the truck. They won't take much room laying flat, and I'll have them everywhere I might need them.
For some reason, I thought you had gone with the full-wrap chaps, not the apron style.
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 01:25:41 PM »
Any PPE is a good idea. :)
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2019, 05:05:53 PM »
Not that long ago we had no PPE in active mil training. Around ordinance or on the range never even thought about hearing or eye protection. Brass would just bounce all over the place. My hearing is shot in large groups.

Chainsaw programs for landowners and pros (CLP, GOL ) demo-ed the need, not an option, for full PPE.

Even on a routine trail clearing my PPE is always on:
Full wrap Labonville chaps
Complete helmet system
Protective toe boots
Kevlar gloves ( too many small cuts )

And, brain in situational awareness. :o
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2019, 06:36:40 PM »
I sure wish I had hearing protection when I was a kid on the farm running those old John Deere 2 cylinder tractors.
Later in life I had hearing tests done by the company I worked for and the doctor said I only had hearing loss in my left ear. He asked me if I operated open cab tractors on the farm, I said yes and he said the damage was done while looking  over my right shoulder looking back at the equipment. 

Goose and duck hunting as a kid with the 12 gauge didn't help either.
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2019, 06:42:55 PM »
I've come to be a lot more careful regarding my ears. They're in surprisingly good shape for my age and the stuff I've put them through. I can hear high pitched sounds better than my peers. I've spent most of my life listening to loud music, and working construction sites. It's time to take better care of them, and they may still be kicking when I die.

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2019, 06:47:23 PM »
Whaaaaaaattttt? ;D
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2019, 06:53:07 PM »
I got a hearing aid for my left ear and I can say I'll never get used to it and its maintenance. 
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2019, 07:34:27 PM »
I'm told I have severe losses in both ears due I suspect, from working in loud old airplanes for years and otherwise general misuse in noisy work environs over time..
I tried a couple of the newest and greatest versions of aids a couple of months ago at an audiology clinic workshop and was amazed at what I should be able to but couldn't hear, without them on..
The cost was close to $7000 for both and that made me sit back and evaluate it a bit further though I must admit!
My younger son has a congenital hearing disability so I'm unfortunately well versed in hearing, aids, and most all of the issues related to both.
Certainly too bad - that such devices are getting so much more adaptable and usable now than ever before - yet so far out of reach even often for those unlike myself, who often can't afford to take advantage of the newest advances in technology to better their lives - mainly due to exorbitant costs.
As for me - I figure I could put 7 grand towards a better vehicle in my waning years and get more usefulness out of it unfortunately, than hearing better.. and it does provide me with more leeway - when it comes to following the wife's 'commands' if you get my drift ;D

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2019, 04:05:44 PM »
So I was cleaning up a wind blown 60' pine today. Put on my Stihl chain saw chaps.... I think you can see where this is going. They were a Christmas gift from my mother in law this year. Guess I'm going to have to give her a big hug next time I see her!

 

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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2019, 04:52:54 PM »
they worked!!!
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2019, 08:28:20 PM »
I seem to have read on another thread that cut-resistant gear doesnt work with electric saws ???
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2019, 08:33:38 PM »
I seem to have read on another thread that cut-resistant gear doesnt work with electric saws ???
Here's a video I posted elsewhere...

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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2019, 08:56:52 PM »
Reassuring to see that vid!Where do these stories come from ::) Not that I got one,but I suppose this applies to corded saws too
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Re: In Praise Of PPE
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2019, 09:28:57 PM »
Nothing pisses me off more than getting limb whipped to the face.
I've always wore PPE but safety glasses instead of helmet.

I cut year around and thinking the helmet would get hot.


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