VAN WERT — The sounds of chainsaws across the countryside were heard
several times in the past few weeks when gusty winds and storms blew
through the area. That threat, says OSU Extension educator, Curtis
Young, calls for area chainsaw users to review safety tips during stormy
spring weather outbreaks.
“A lot of people don’t respect
chainsaws as much as they should,” said Young recently. “The danger of
using a chainsaw is so immense. It can rip through flesh so quickly. If
we’re not paying attention to what we are doing, it can kick and grab us
so quickly. It suddenly throws you back into head injuries.”
grabs into the leg and results in leg and foot injuries,” continued
Young. “People don’t recognize the type of clothing they should wear to
protect themselves from chainsaw injuries.”
Young said that professionals using chainsaws wear all kinds of gear when they use chainsaws.
He noted that they wear gear to protect their legs, feet, eyes and ears.
not only important to be aware of yourself, but anybody else that might
be around,” noted Young. “Helpers that pull away brush can be
dismembered if a chainsaw hits them. Those around need to give an
appropriate safety zone near the operator.”
never be run by somebody sitting on a ladder,” added Young. “There’s too
much that could go wrong. One wrong move and it could kick out the
ladder and lose control of the saw.”
Young emphasized that in
addition to spring clean-up, spring is also a time of downed trees, not
only from heavy wind but also, once in a while, from spring ice storms
or heavy wet snow.
Young also cautioned about limbs entangled with electrical wires.
“It should be left to the electric companies to clean up lines,” observed Young.
about ready to break or trunks about ready to kick back can be
immeasurably dangerous when running a chainsaw,” Young said. “People
have no idea how much wood weighs.”