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The very minute you think you’ve got a chainsaw under complete control is the very moment it messes you up. Take this fine example in Mr. Gardner’s news report. Just a regular scene of a tree coming down — except if you watch the clip, the guy in the back nearly does a faceplant on the bar of his saw.

At that point, the saw was hung and not spinning, but it could have easily gone the other way or popped loose and kicked back at him at any point where the man was off balance. Luckily, no one was hurt and it made for a good news report, but I’m sure it was on the worker’s mind after the camera cut.

NEWS BLOOPER: Man Nearly Saws His Face During My Stand-up (Air-check) [YouTube]

 

8 Responses to Danger on the Job

  1. Chris says:

    Wow, talk about not considering the effects of gravity…

    cl

  2. Looks like he was holding the end of a badly pinched saw with one hand as the rootball came down. You don’t hear it running and the chain brake would be locked.

    Not that it wouldn’t suck to land face-first on even a non-running blade.

    • Chris says:

      Right, if he had been paying attention, he wouldn’t have gotten the saw pinched by a three-foot tree trunk in the first place.

      It’s a crappy situation all around, though. It looked like the rootball falling basically launched him into the air. Someone should have thought to support the root ball as the cut was being made. Heavy chunks of tree moving on their own during and after cuts makes for dangerous situations :)

      cl

  3. Bob says:

    Somebody needed to let go of his chainsaw. Good thing the reporter wasn’t any closer.

  4. Rick says:

    It looks like the saw weighs more than he does

  5. Richard says:

    it doesn’t look like a pinch, it looks like the a tooth on the chain at the bar tip hooked/caught the far end of the trunk and pulled him. he should have let go. he almost slaps the bar/chain with his left hand as well.

    you can’t really hear clearly but it sounds like the saw was just coming off-throttle at the start of the clip so it’s unlikely he had the brake on.

    Very lucky dude…

  6. jurgenk says:

    I am saying pinch as well and that he was trying to “save” his saw while the loader broke the buck. Saw a faller once with a good trick for that once where he held on to the pull cord handle and that way was able to get away from the tree to the length of the cord, to pull the pinched saw out when the tree went over. Saw was not running in that case though…

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