Friday, August 4, 2017

Chainsaw Accidents are Not Fun

Like many outdoorsmen, I use a chainsaw a lot. Each year I will cut a few cords of firewood to heat my cabin and to enjoy a fire here in my office. But most of my chainsaw use is for hunting purposes.

Opening up lanes, clearing trail, breaking new trail. Saplings here, saplings there and before you know it, you have spent a day using your saw. Without going into details, chainsaws are as brand specific as many cars. There are people who will only use a Hunsqvarna, others who will only use a Stihl, or Poulan, etc. For me, my most recent purchase was based on two things. It had to be either a Stihl or Husqvarna. It needed a 20" bar or bigger and weigh less than 14 pounds. These requirements were met with the Stihl Farm Boss. It is a great saw, and it cuts excellent.

This leads me to this past Sunday. After spending a few hours cutting firewood. I traveled into a three year old clearcut to remove some standing dead trees. None of which are very big at all. The biggest being about seven to eight inches in diameter. After removing a half dozen I decided to cut one last sapling that was blocking a view of the drainage. As I cut the sapling of about three inches in diameter. It fell towards me. My instinct was to let go of the trigger and catch the sapling. Which I did. In the process, the saw came towards me and in a split second, I felt the cold steel of the chain ripping through my shorts and left leg.

I don't know how to express the fear that goes through your mind when a chainsaw hits your leg. Without looking, I cut the saw off, and immediately applied pressure to the wound. Peeking, is saw it was bleeding, so I applied pressure while I walked towards my truck. I screamed to my brother in law to get a towel and come get the saw.

After getting to the cabin, we washed the wound with cold clean water, poured peroxide into the cut for a while, and cleaned it well. Then applied some butterfly bandages to the wound. It is so jagged that stitches would not do any good at all.

All in all I am very lucky the wound is not worse than it is. Lessons learned. Wear chaps when using a chainsaw. Be careful, be careful, be careful.

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