Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why Farmers Die Using Chainsaws

My next door neighbor got a farmer buddy of his to remove a maple in his backyard yesterday morning. I was just heading off to work when I noticed, and nearly spit out my coffee in shock as I watched him work. I decided to snap a couple of pics before heading out. This guy could pretty much write a book on unsafe felling practices, see if you can spot the (at least!) half dozen or so safety issues that are hastening this guys death! I asked him why he didn't bother notching the tree, and he told me if he did that, he would have no idea where it might fall, and he didn't want it falling in my yard! I actually didn't get the impression he even knew what a notch was - simply, utterly, amazing; I am at a complete loss!







4 comments:

  1. Sweet mother of our blessed saviour Jesus! how old is this guy, and still alive? hmmm, I see a couple of barberchairs, no notch cuts in sight, the guy on a stepladder, and a complete lack of safety equipment of any sort! I'll bet he thinks he is good, and safe at his work! Please stop the insanity!

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  2. No hardhat, faceshield, hearing protection, or gloves... working on a ladder or stool... making barberchairs on purpose? wtf?

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  3. It would be interesting to find out statistics with respect to chainsaw fatality rates for professionals or trained/certified property owners (of which I am one), versus non-professional and/or untrained or uncertified workers, as many farmers are locally. Around here the majority of recent deaths have been farmers or non-professional cutters, as well as 'observing' homeowners who were not kept out of the working area.

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  4. Holy Fucking Textbook Barber Chair! Impressive. That he didnt die.

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