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 on: December 19, 2009, 11:32:37 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
Here is an excerpt from an article I found in a Canadian newspaper and thought it was interesting considering that I found several articles recently about people who were killed by a tree while logging and people who were killed or injured by a lawn mower

Like I have said before, "Power equipment safety doesn't 'just happen'.  You can make it happen!"  It is a pattern of behavior that leads to the safe operation of the power equipment.

On Monday, the class was in school learning about how to cut trees safely. We learned how to make the proper cuts and how to use the chainsaw sights to make sure a tree falls where we want it to go. We also learned the three steps to cutting a tree safely and properly. The three steps are notching, back cutting, and the last is making sure you leave enough hinge wood. The hinge wood is the most important part when cutting a tree. Without the hinge wood in place the tree is considered out of control and can fall in any which way, this is dangerous for the cutter. We also learned tree different notches: the Humbolt, V-notch, and the Conventional Notch. To make a Humbolt Notch, you make a straight cut on the top and a 45 degree angle cut from the bottom up. This cut is used for high value timber. The V-Notch is a cut where both top and bottom cuts are made on a 45 degree angle. This is used for cutting trees down hill. The Conventional Notch is when you make a top cut at a 45 degree angle and the bottom cut is a straight cut, this is a multi-purpose cut. We also learned how to cut a tree so that if it is leaning slightly in a way you don't want it to go, you can make a certain cut so that it will fall where you would like it to fall. One of the terms we learned that we found interesting was a 'barber chair', that is when a tree splits because it was poorly notched. The tree breaks off high above the ground and leaves part of the broken trunk attached to the stump so that it looks like a chair with a high back on it. Barber chairs are very dangerous.

 on: December 19, 2009, 11:22:30 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
This topic has been moved to General Discussion.

 on: December 19, 2009, 11:06:16 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
Police identify man killed by tree during logging

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Kanawha Sheriff's deputies said a man cutting down a tree with a chainsaw was pinned by the tree and killed.

Read the rest of the article on the [ur=]Newspaper website[/url].

 on: December 18, 2009, 21:35:00 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
Tragedy strikes again.  This is so unfortunate... 

I'll say it again, "Power equipment safety doesn't just happen.  You can make it happen!"

Children run over by ride-on lawnmower

December 17th, 2009

THREE children have suffered chest and facial injuries after being run over by a ride-on mower/tractor at a property on Crane Street at Nerang.

The father of the three girls was driving the mower at the time of the accident. It is believed he suffered a seizure, although it is not known if that was the cause or the effect of the accident. He also sustained a back injury.

The mower rolled down a paddock, throwing the father off before rolling over the children.

One child, aged 8, suffered chest, face and arm injuries. A six-year-old sustained severe facial lacerations and a 4-year-old experienced chest pains.

All four family members have been transported to Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition by ambulance. At 2pm they were reported to be in a stable condition.

Paramedics described them as 'a very lucky family'.

More details as they become available.

 on: December 18, 2009, 21:21:18 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
All I can say is, "Don't be a statistic".  Lawn mower safety is not child's play.  Lawn Mower safety doesn't "just happen".  It is a pattern of behavior that leads to safe operation of a lawn mower.  This also applies to other power equipment.  Se safe folks.

Here is the article:
Man Fatally Injured In Lawn Mower Accident
79-Year-Old Dies Day After Accident

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -- A 79-year-old man died Thursday following a riding lawn-mower accident the day before.

Neighbors say Jim Caldwell had just picked up his John Deere mower from the repair shop and was preparing to unload it at his home on Dockside Way, when the accident happened in The Shoals lakeside community on Lake Hartwell.

“Apparently it got away from him and he dropped it," said Joe Beck, a longtime neighbor and friend of Caldwell’s.

The mower knocked Caldwell to the ground, causing a serious head injury.

Beck said Caldwell was initially knocked unconscious and Caldwell’s wife, Kim, called 911.

Caldwell regained consciousness enough for Beck to talk to him.

"Just to find out how he was doing and tell him what happened from my perspective," he said.

Rescue crews worked to stabilize Caldwell in an ambulance and loaded him into the Med Trans One helicopter. He was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he died Thursday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 200,000 people are hurt in lawnmower-related accidents each year. Last year, more than 14,000 injuries were reported from a riding lawn mower.

 on: December 17, 2009, 19:23:04 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
Christmas tree thieves' plans axed by owner

Ok, I know this is a New Zealand article but I thought it was too good to not post here for the rest of us to enjoy!

Christmas tree thieves' plans axed by owner

Two would-be New Plymouth Christmas tree thieves lost their chainsaw and wound up empty handed in police custody.

The two-hour drama began about 9pm last Friday, when a neighbour of Cedar Lodge Nurseries, on Egmont Rd New Plymouth, heard a chainsaw being started and called the owner Greg Sampson.

Mr Sampson grabbed his dog and jumped in his car, wearing only shorts, a T-shirt and jandals to go and investigate.

Arriving at the nursery Mr Sampson could hear rustling so let his rottweiler-cross dog go while he rang police.

"It could have only been a cat, a possum or a Christmas tree thief," he said.

He had just hauled a man out from under a tree when police arrived.

A police dog tracked a second offender across farm land for 2km before he was caught.

Mr Sampson said he later found the 1.5m tall tree, valued at about $30, the men had attempted to steal.

"It appears that they had used the chainsaw as an axe and then tried to rip it out of the ground roots and all," he said.

The police took the men's chainsaw and they've been charged with burglary.

The New Plymouth pair, aged 32 and 39, are due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow.

 on: December 17, 2009, 19:09:23 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
Warning on Fake Power Tools

I understand that this article is from the UK, but it still applies to those of us here in the US and those of you in Canada and elsewhere in the world.  I recently attended a Power Equipment show and was astounded by the plethora of cheap Asian DUPLICATES of well known brands.  Always buy from a reputable dealer who only sells genuine products.

One brand that is getting a lot of duplicates is Honda Engines.

Here is the article:
Warning on fake power tools

Published Date: 16 December 2009
By Staff reporter

THE PSNI's Organised Crime Branch is warning the public about potentially lethal fake power tools being sold by crime gangs..
Recently, detectives discovered a number of fake chainsaws which were being circulated for sale by criminals operating in Northern Ireland..

Detective Constable Colin Cushley, from Organised Crime Branch, said these items are dangerous:

“Everyone knows that genuine chainsaws can be dangerous in the hands of the inexperienced, even though they pass rigorous international safety standard tests before being made available to the public. However fake chainsaws are even more dangerous, because they are not tested for customer safety.

“These items are very poor standard copies. We understand they have been made in Asia, not under license, and certainly not by the manufacturer whose name is on the chainsaw. The materials used to put them together are sub-standard and there is potential for one of these chainsaws to disintegrate while they are being used, causing serious injury,"

D/C Cushley urged the public to think twice before buying such an item:

“Some of these chainsaws have been bought by unsuspecting members of the public and we would strongly urge people not to use them. A genuine item can cost as much as £1,000. If anyone is offered something like this by a door to door salesman, or by someone offering a similar item for a vastly reduced price, please don’t take the risk. It's simply not worth it. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

"Call police immediately on 0845 600 8000. You can also pass information anonymously to the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111," he said.

 on: December 17, 2009, 17:44:10 
Started by Eli - Last post by Eli
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 on: December 16, 2009, 17:58:12 
Started by Eli - Last post by BurkPub
Difference between an optimist & a pessimist: a pessimist sees problems in opportunities whereas an optimist sees opportunities in problems.

 on: December 15, 2009, 23:42:17 
Started by Eli - Last post by BurkPub
Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. -Fred Green

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