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#1 T Guiles OFFLINE  

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Last week my FIL was out cutting fire wood to burn for the upcoming winter when the saw kicked back and bit him. He was up on his land cutting up tops from the logging he had done last year when the saw some how got away from him and bit his upper right arm across the bicep then again just above the elbow. He then jumped in the truck and drove himself home to get a ride to the hospital " would have taken longer to wait for an ambulance " He ended up getting 167 stitches in his arm and was very lucky not to cut any nerves in his elbow, he did nick a tendon in his elbow so his arm is in a cast to keep him from moving his elbow. The family came together and we filled the basement with wood, cleaned out his truck " looked like a crime scene in the cab " and got him set for winter. He is a crusty old fellow and his only gripe is learning to use his left hand. He is a great guy and our family is very luck that this accident didn't take him so PLEASE be careful running your saws and don't cut fire wood alone, don't rely on luck because that's not there for everyone all the time and if you need a little help ask, family and friends will always be their for you. I just wanted to remind every one to please be careful this fall we all see stories of people that are not so lucky in our local news.

Thanks for listening and as they said on Hillstreet Blues " Hey..... let's be careful out there"
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Posted September 23, 2014 - 11:52 AM

Thank GOD it wasn't even worse. He could have bled to death before he could get help.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 12:26 PM

A very good timely reminder.  I was just out side cutting up a tree we downed a few weeks ago.



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Posted September 23, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Years ago, my father was hit in the face with a kickback. Last day he ever whistled.
He and your FIL are two of the lucky ones. Many dont get to tell the tale
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Posted September 23, 2014 - 02:08 PM

That could have been far worse. Glad he fared as well as he did.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 06:09 PM

yup I almost became Stumpy myself....  have a titanium rod thru my right shin bone and a couple screws remaining from a kickback..

was taking down a stump in my front yard and the saw got my leg just above the ankle. went about 3/4 of the way thru the shin bone.


cost me dearly... lost a good job waiting for medical clearance to return,  put me on Disability for a couple years, and more.

and those costs were way beyond  the pain and rehab....

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the information.

Hope your FIL heals quickly.


I cut a finger in 1980 with a saw...only got 32 stiches but that was plenty.

Scared the "you know what" out of me!

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Thank goodness he is ok, but I have only used a chainsaw 4 or 5 times. What exactly is kickback?

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Posted September 24, 2014 - 01:30 AM

Kickback is when a chainsaw gets hung or hits something that causes it to go rabid and attack whomever is unfortunate enough to be holding it. Most saws made in the past 15 years or so have a guard that binds the blade and causes it to stop when it kicks back.
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Posted September 24, 2014 - 05:17 AM

Sorry this has happened , hope everything heals well for him .


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Posted September 24, 2014 - 07:27 AM

Ouch, glad he didn't cut anything major.

My uncle had kickback many moons ago, back in the mid 80's, Cut a slot up his chest and front of shoulder, nicked his sternum bone. They said another inch or two over and he could've got into his carotid artery.

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Posted September 24, 2014 - 09:14 AM

Thanks for the reminder. 

My wife came close to loosing her big toe when she lost control of a chain saw. I was leaving with a load of wood and luckily looked back to see her waving at me. Hard to believe how many stitches you can get in one toe.