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The crew took the tree almost all the way down. They had the stump down to about three feet tall, and were cutting it lower, when something happened. I wasn't looking when it happened, I only noticed when the cops arrived. Then the fire department. Then two ambulances. I scooted sideways in my chair to see what was up. One of the crew was on the ground and everyone else was doing first aid.

He had had a mishap with a chainsaw and sliced a gash about six inches long in his thigh. They took him away in the ambulance. The rest of the guys packed up and left without cutting any more and I can't blame them at all! I hope their buddy will be OK!

They will be back later to cut down the last bit, grind the stump, and install the new (small) tree.

Date: 2017-04-18 01:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bikergeek
Yah, chainsaws can be nasty...I remember a certain barely-employable young gentleman of my acquaintance roughly thirty years ago, who had found work with some local tree surgeon or landscaper or the like. Second week on the job, nearly took his own arm off with a chainsaw when it kicked back.

Date: 2017-04-18 02:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bikergeek
Yeah you don't typically end up chainsawing your butt, while plenty of people have gotten road rash there.

Date: 2017-04-20 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sendthewolf
Chainsaw safety chaps stop the chain instantly with no damage. There's really no excuse for not using them in a professional setting. I don't always wear mine, but when we are cutting for any length of time I do. One moment of distraction...

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