Chainsaw Injuries

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Chainsaw injuries can be fatal.

Chainsaws are extremely dangerous tools and require no license or formal training to own one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 36,000 people are injured by chainsaws annually. The most common injuries associated with chainsaws are to the head, upper body, arms, hands, leg and foot.

Chainsaw “kick-back” is the most serious risk of chainsaw use. It occurs when the teeth of the chain saw get caught on something causing the blade to forcefully kickback toward you injuring your eyes, face, head, neck, shoulder, hand and other parts of your body.

Tools of any kind should be used with caution. Always read the owner’s manual thoroughly and follow the manufacture’s operating instructions. Before using a chainsaw, it is recommended that you take a chain saw operation and safety course.

Chainsaw injuries can be minimized by wearing protective clothing and safety gear.  Some common safety gear to wear includes:

Leather chaps

Boots with steel toe

Gloves

Eye protection

Hearing protection

Hard hat

If you own a chainsaw, before you even think of using it, check the Consumer Protection Safety Commission site for any recalls on the type of chainsaw you have.

For chainsaw safety, see the US department of labor chain saw safety chart.

Most chainsaw injuries are preventable. And in some cases, an accident may actually be the result of the negligence of another. If you or a loved one has sustained chain saw injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the chainsaw accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith for a free consultation at (9160 921-6400 or toll free at 1-800-404-5400. www.autoaccident.com.  You can find more about our office on Yelp and Avvo.

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