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Health, Safety and Accident Issues. Discussion on health & safety issues that effect the lawn care, landscaping, tree care, power washing, snow plowing and other trades. Talks of accidents that have occurred and how they could have been prevented. OSHA rules.

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Discussion on health & safety issues that effect the lawn care, landscaping, tree care, power washing, snow plowing and other trades. Talks of accidents that have occurred and how they could have been prevented. OSHA rules.
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Sometimes it's a tragic accident and sometimes it's just "thinning the herd".


If training is available it would be advisable to seek it out, however, the thought of "mandatory" training rubs me the wrong way.
I agree with you on the forced training thing but if you saw some of the customers that come in buying chainsaws you would wonder if it should be required as well. We have refused a chainsaw sell before becouse we did not want to feel responsible for the mans death.
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Did somebody say chainsaw?



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It's funny how movies, games, etc all act as if chainsaws would be a good weapon choice. They would be the last thing I would ever choose, it doesn't take much for them to jam/screw up.

By the time you get one started, you're already dead.
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I guess most of the time, people just don't realize how much weight and force they are dealing with when they start to saw at a tree. It's very easy to misjudge the weight and force of all that wood.

Then when you go and cut the tree, you think standing behind is the safest place to be but you still can end up getting hit!
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I guess most of the time, people just don't realize how much weight and force they are dealing with when they start to saw at a tree. It's very easy to misjudge the weight and force of all that wood.

Then when you go and cut the tree, you think standing behind is the safest place to be but you still can end up getting hit!
I don't know how many times I've nicked my knee and thanked God I was wearing jeans.
Usually I just push that work to a small tree company in town. The owner I think may be just breaking 30 years old, and has had all kinds of breaks: Back, leg, collarbone, etc. and he still climbs like a nut!
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I think the chainsaw has to be reinvented.

I wonder what other blueprints have been made for cutting branches and trees down that never saw the light of day.
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After a good(or bad) t-storm rolls through, I canvass neighborhoods for downed trees. I tell them I've got the best equipment to get it done and gone.

After I get the job, I'm laughing at the thought of the client looking out the window and seeing me take on a whole tree with my lil 18" stihl.
Always count on replacing $20 chain after. also means I can sandblast it all I want towards end of job

Anyway back on topic. There have been multiple times after a chainsaw job where I thank God bc a couple of kickbacks could have easily been the end of this fella's life.
I do not like chainsaws, but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.
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There are so many electrical saws that have a safety mechanism which instantly stops the equipment when the button is released. Why can't chainsaws? There is actually a saw out there that can detect 'skin', you can throw your hand at it and it will leave you with nothing more that a tiny cat scratch or less.

There's gotta be something... Maybe there has to be a sensor that must detect BOTH of the users hands, or it will not function.... If one hand slips, the chain stops.


I hate using chainsaws, there are too many variables to consider while using one.

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Am I the only one who believes a chainsaw is safer than an axe? A sharp tool that you have to purposely use momentum to use is silly. lol.

Missing a target with an axe means you are probably going to lose a leg (even if spread apart), or you may face plant into what you wanted to cut. lolololol
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I am supprised that nobody has suggested chaps once during this thread, do any of you use them? I try to never start a chainsaw without them as I know of a few people that would have lost a leg without them.
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I am supprised that nobody has suggested chaps once during this thread, do any of you use them? I try to never start a chainsaw without them as I know of a few people that would have lost a leg without them.
i never mentioned chaps myself because the thread was about a dude who got wasted doing something he probably should have not been doing in the first place.

chaps is a good start but being properly trained in the proper use of a chainsaw would mitigate a lot of the issues as well as being properly trained to cut down trees.

there is more to it then having a chainsaw and being able to start it and if that were all it would require then i guess everyone can be a arborist just like anyone with a automobile can be a race car driver and anyone with a football is a football player.

unfortunately it boils down to common sense which is something in this day and age that is a rare commodity as well as everyone today likes to believe that they know it all and what they don't they will just look up on the internet.
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i never mentioned chaps myself because the thread was about a dude who got wasted doing something he probably should have not been doing in the first place.

chaps is a good start but being properly trained in the proper use of a chainsaw would mitigate a lot of the issues as well as being properly trained to cut down trees.

there is more to it then having a chainsaw and being able to start it and if that were all it would require then i guess everyone can be a arborist just like anyone with a automobile can be a race car driver and anyone with a football is a football player.

unfortunately it boils down to common sense which is something in this day and age that is a rare commodity as well as everyone today likes to believe that they know it all and what they don't they will just look up on the internet.

I think that came out wrong for me I was not trying to lecture on that post I was asking a question as a lot of people on here buy from a box store. I have never noticed a pair of chaps for sale in any of the local box stores or even the farm stores around here. Personally I never fire up a chainsaw without chaps on, I have talked to people that have almost cut their legs off and do not want to do that myself.
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