Manual Faller Injured while Spacing Trees

Williams Creek, Terrace, BC
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Tree Spacer, twenty years experience, was walking to cut his next tree. He stepped in an unseen hole, his saw hit the tree branch he was going to cut, and kicked back, towards his face. His chain brake came on and the saw hit him in the lip, causing a laceration that required 12 stitches to close.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Make sure both of your feet are firmly planted every time before you cut a tree.
• Make sure you can see the base of the tree before you cut.
• Do not have your finger on trigger of saw until you are ready to cut the tree.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Pat Smith, 250-798-2099

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