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Tree trimmer hospitalized with chain saw in neck
Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 4-1-14

Posted on 04/01/2014 5:44:13 PM PDT by kingattax

Edited on 04/01/2014 5:44:45 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.


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1 posted on 04/01/2014 5:44:13 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Heck of a lodge pin.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 5:45:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: kingattax

Looks like the chain broke and snatched him.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 5:47:29 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: kingattax

A chainsaw is most dangerous tool available to the public.Will maim or kill in a split second.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 5:48:59 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: kingattax

Chain saws are dangerous.

I’m amazed Uncle Nanny allows us to use them.


5 posted on 04/01/2014 5:49:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Farmer Dean

A couple years ago we had a case where a guy chased a couple of cops around his yard with a chain saw.


6 posted on 04/01/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The people who make the stupid rules don’t understands what a chainsaw is.


7 posted on 04/01/2014 5:51:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: cripplecreek

will chainsaws be next on the ban/require new license list?


8 posted on 04/01/2014 5:53:02 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: bigheadfred

My chainsaw injuries have always been when I was sharpening them in the woods.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 5:53:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Feet don’t fail me now.Somebody attacks with a chainsaw,run.If you can’t run,learn to fly-but get the blazes out of there.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 5:54:12 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: kingattax
I'm on blood thinners and have been warned about using chainsaws. Bought a new one yesterday.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 5:55:40 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: cripplecreek
My chainsaw injuries have always been when I was sharpening them in the woods.

Learned way back when, wear leather gloves when sharpening, even with a chain bar jig.

Saves on band aides :)

12 posted on 04/01/2014 5:58:19 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: kingattax

Keeping a chainsaw in place, in your neck, all the way to the hospital can’t be easy to do


13 posted on 04/01/2014 6:00:30 PM PDT by Figment
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To: cripplecreek

That isn’t an injury. That is a flesh wound.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 6:05:19 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: The Cajun

My neighbor is a bit of an inventor and made a spring loaded sheathe that covers the bar on his kind of like the guard on a skill saw.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 6:06:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I really am surprsed they don’t come with a required guard with a log-shaped gap in it ;-)


16 posted on 04/01/2014 6:07:23 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: kingattax
Oh, I see what the problem is! Pop a link, replace it, stretch it back onto the bar and we'll be through this guy's neck in nothing flat.

You're welcome.

17 posted on 04/01/2014 6:09:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kingattax

18 posted on 04/01/2014 6:11:48 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kingattax

Did this back in early 80’s to pay bills.
Still scares me. Too many close calls.


19 posted on 04/01/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: kinsman redeemer

Yikes!


20 posted on 04/01/2014 6:15:17 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Figment
Keeping a chainsaw in place, in your neck, all the way to the hospital can’t be easy to do

I remember a story about a carpenter who fell off a second floor and ended up with a piece of rebar going through his head (back to front) with it sticking out between his eyes and his co-workers sawed it off and left it in place. They removed it at the hospital. It went right between his brain hemispheres. He survived with no brain damage and was just left with a vision problem in one eye. Saw an X-ray. nasty injury. But the point of this is on those kinds of injuries, leave the implement in place or you'll bleed out.

Cant imagine what it was like for the poor bastard when they had the sawsall cutting that rebar off.

Happy visual for the day!

21 posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:02 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: kingattax

Many chainsaw kickback stories have a less happy ending. I was never into the one-handed limbing technique.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 6:19:44 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Farmer Dean

I use a saw regularly. I’ve never seen the chain break like this. Come off the bar? Yes. That alone freaks me out.

This picture scares me.

Safety gloves, apron, and eye protection are not going to stop this.

How common is a broken chain?


23 posted on 04/01/2014 6:21:34 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kinsman redeemer

Before someone else makes the remark: I should have listed a safety helmet, too.


24 posted on 04/01/2014 6:24:30 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kinsman redeemer
I had two chains break last year.My Echo has an aluminum tab near the drive sprocket,and it caught both of them.A chain by itself doesn't have much mass and shouldn't be to dangerous.One of the failures was the fault of the shop where I bought the chain,they use bulk chain and rivet it into a loop.The rivet wasn't flared properly and came loose
25 posted on 04/01/2014 6:27:56 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: kingattax

When I was a kid we were cutting wood with a friend of my dad. His saw kicked back when he hit dirt and it landed on the toe of his cowboy boot and split his big toe down to the foot. He pulled the saw out and the blood followed. Pa and I looked at him. He looked at me and said boy, get my coat over there. I did. Now gimme that can of Skoal in the pocket. I did. Then he took a dip and sat down and cursed a while.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 6:28:51 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: kingattax
I've been working with chainsaws all my life and have never had an accident with one. I have taken fallers and other loggers out of the woods with terrible cuts from them. Most of the time crank or meth was involved.

They are the most dangerous tool in the tool chest and there are skills necessary in using them. The problem is that everyone seems to think they know how to use them. They don't and end up bleeding.

There are five orange pro saws on my back porch right now that I'm getting ready for summer. I'll take down a couple hundred trees, cut, split, and deliver well over two hundred cord of wood. That is a normal year for my boys and I. We will do it all without stitches and broken bones.

Chainsaws are not voodoo science but you better know what you are doing with them and you damn well better respect what they can do to you.

27 posted on 04/01/2014 6:29:53 PM PDT by oldenuff2no
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To: kingattax
Here-forth known as Nearly Headless Nick.


28 posted on 04/01/2014 6:35:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: kinsman redeemer

Holey moley....


29 posted on 04/01/2014 6:38:07 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: kingattax

Chainsaws scare the willies out of me. I’ve used them many times. I’ve felled trees with them. I’ve cut up logs with them. I still don’t like them. Not one bit. They’re just pure motorized death and mayhem on a stick.


30 posted on 04/01/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That looks like a fun movie.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: cripplecreek

I’d pay to see that.


32 posted on 04/01/2014 6:44:58 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: kingattax
Surprised that these haven't been mentioned yet:


33 posted on 04/01/2014 6:46:42 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: kingattax

Chain saws are like dope


34 posted on 04/01/2014 6:49:31 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Farmer Dean
A chainsaw is most dangerous tool available to the public. Will maim or kill in a split second.

Indeed, they are. I think it is nothing short of miraculous that I've been using them since 1972 without an accident since I'm just not that mechanically inclined. But one could happen tomorrow. You've got to pay constant attention to what you're doing.

35 posted on 04/01/2014 6:54:14 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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36 posted on 04/01/2014 6:55:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Farmer Dean

“Feets Don’t Fail Me Now” was written by Barrere, George, Kibbee.

Your daddy says I’m no good
Your momma says keep away
Got to tell you truthful girl you can never make me stay
I got something up and down this coast
Bet you my last dollar girl I can love your love the most

Don’t the sunrise look so pretty
Never such a sight
Like a rollin’ into New York City
With the skyline in the morning light
Roll right through the night
Roll
Roll right through the night
I said Roll

Semi-smokin’ mama, you got to give me some
Heard you got the biggest — hmm — the biggest truck in town
Right on through to Baltimore you got to love me now
Got to do me gently, well it’s feets don’t fail me now
Don’t fail me, feets don’t fail me now

Don’t the sunrise look so pretty
Never such a sight
Like a rollin’ into New York City
With the skyline in the morning light
Roll right through the night
I said roll
Roll right through the night
Roll right through the night


37 posted on 04/01/2014 6:57:30 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Doomonyou

I can understand the rebar, that’s stuck where it is stuck. Chainsaw in the neck, kinda has to be held in place


38 posted on 04/01/2014 7:33:17 PM PDT by Figment
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To: cripplecreek
This should help stop chainsaws!


39 posted on 04/01/2014 8:20:54 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: kinsman redeemer

Craigslist; slightly used, bloody chainsaw. Blade will be fixed after from neck


40 posted on 04/01/2014 8:23:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Nailbiter; BartMan1

ping


41 posted on 04/01/2014 8:28:44 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: bigheadfred

Down south, it makes for a fine musical instrument.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A52p9jc-gOo&feature=kp


42 posted on 04/01/2014 8:35:49 PM PDT by hout8475
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To: kingattax

And you think you’ve had a hard day.


43 posted on 04/01/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kingattax

When’s son was in his early 20’s he was a surveyor for a construction company. One day he was clearing brush with a chainsaw and holding ID down with his foot when he misjudged how near he was to the back of his foot and cut through his boot and severed his Achilles’ tendon. He said it didn’t hurt that bad, the thing that surprised him was the way it felt like the tendon had lots of tension on it and it snapped like a huge rubberband.


44 posted on 04/01/2014 8:39:12 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: kingattax

“James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw”

Wow, the saw did that all by itself? I just HATE when that happens!


45 posted on 04/01/2014 8:43:25 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: kingattax

This happened to a relative of mine...only it “got” him diagonally right across his face. It also barely missed his carotid artery.

I cannot remember how long it took the reconstructive surgeons to put him back together...but within a couple of years you could barely see the scar. They did an amazing job.


46 posted on 04/01/2014 8:51:55 PM PDT by garandgal
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To: Ramius

My dad was a builder. EVERY time he would plug it in and fire up the skill saw the first time he would say pull the trigger for a second and say “It growls.” And most times he would comment “Been using these for 40 plus years - and they still scare me!”


47 posted on 04/01/2014 8:58:15 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Farmer Dean

A lberal politician is the most dangerous tool available to the general public. The chainsaw is a very distant second.


48 posted on 04/01/2014 9:31:05 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Figment

bungee cords


49 posted on 04/01/2014 9:31:48 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

interesting comments


50 posted on 04/01/2014 9:36:33 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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