Tree-Trimmer Taken to Hospital with Chain Saw in Neck
Details of the Chainsaw Accident
Reports say that a 21-year-old tree worker from Adler Tree Service was seriously injured while trimming a tree in Ross Township, PA. The name of the victim has not been released.
Police told reporter that the worker was in a harness working on the tree when something caused the chain saw blade to become partially embedded into the victim’s neck and shoulder area.
- A co-worker was able to rescue him from the tree.
- A doctor on the scene was able to stabilize the worker until help arrived.
- Police removed the motor from the chain saw. Surgery at an area hospital was needed to remove the blade.
Doctors said that the worker was very lucky because the chain saw blade narrowly missed major arteries.
Chainsaw Injury Statistics
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
- Most chain saw injuries are to the hands, feet and legs, although injuries to other areas such as the head are not uncommon as well.
- Chain saw accidents comprise 20% of all tree-cutting injuries
OSHA also provides the following tree trimming safety tips:
- Chain saw operators should be trained in proper use and the equipment should be properly maintained.
- Protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard heats and hearing protection etc. should be used at all times.
- Do not climb with tools in your hands.
- Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.