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chainsaws... what NOT to do

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Posting because the "SAFETY" Moderator told me I had too. I think he wants to make an example of me :rolleyes:

Okay... guilty as charged. I have performed the following UNSAFE practices with my chainsaw.

1) I used it on a 12 foot ladder... did I tell you that the ladder wasn't very steady too.

2) I used it while IN a tree... don't worry, I was only about 15 feet in the air

3) I have started it WITHOUT the brake on.. horrors!

4) I think my chain tension is a little too loose... I'll get around to addressing it.

5) When I was chopping up the tree that fell a few weeks ago that was on my fence, I wasn't wearing heavy workboots and I did not hold the saw perpendicular to me or perpendicular to what I was cutting.

Ok, so I did these things and I know they are wrong but did them anyways. I did however, take extra time and did it slowly because... I had to get what I was doing done. Even though I violated the safety rules, I was extra careful doing it. THIS DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE OKAY TO VIOLATE THE RULES TOO. YOU NEED A PERMISSION SLIP AND I HAVE ONE... uhh, now where did I put that? :eek:
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I've cut myself twice in the 30 years I've been in the tree care industry. The last time was back in 2000. Both times were because I was in a hurry and not paying attention to what I was doing. Neither time was life threatening but did put me out of commission for a few weeks. It happens so fast you don't even realize it till it's over. Always pay attention to what your doing when you have a chainsaw in your hands.

I'll share a quick story too.

Quite a few years ago my ex got a call from a friend of ours. Seems they lost a large limb on the Mulberry tree in their front yard but it was still hanging in the tree. "Ken" had put a ladder up the tree and was going to cut it off. His wife called mine and asked if I would be available to help since she wasn't comfortable with him up on the ladder with a chainsaw. I went over after work and could tell he wasn't very happy that she had called me. He figured it was a simple matter of just cutting the limb free and letting it fall.

I used the ladder to get up the tree and then tied myself in about 10' above the broken limb. When I cut it free it swung around, hitting the ladder and knocking it to the ground. His eyes got as big as a softball :eek: when he thought about being on that ladder and following it to the ground.

And a side note; the largest tree I've ever worked in was a 120' Tulip Poplar. About 3.5' in diameter. My longest bar (36") wouldn't cut the notch from one side.
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