Chainsaw/Hedge Trimmer Accidents

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscape89, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Chainsaws and Hedge Trimmers are probably the 2 most powerful yet dangerous tools in the Landscape Industry. I want to know how many of you guys had accidents with these tools before? I had an accident last summer with my Hedge Trimmer. The handle of the trimmer was wet and my hand slipped and I couldnt let go of the throttle fast enough. Cut a hole the size of a quarter right thru my pants, and boy did it leave a wound on my left leg! :dizzy:. Somebody I know actually got hurt big time using a chainsaw a few years ago. No Chaps, No Helmet, was actually lifted up in a Bobcat bucket not strapped in to trim the top of a 12' Tree :nono: . Anyways, the saw kicked back, he fell from the bucket and down he went with the saw still going. Face was banged up for a long long time after that. Can never be too careful I guess. Whats your guys stories?
  2. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,358

    I can relate.

    I was in a hurry, using power hedge trimmers and it was wet out. I was not using the tool appropriately--as I was in a hurry--and it slipped and voilà! cut a nice deep 2 inch long zig-zag pattern into my upper right leg.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    a few times a year may dad would get some riprap work and we always rented a skid loader. well when we were done with the rip rap work we used the skid loader to trim palm trees with me in the bucket...never fell out. but I was up in the bucket of one of those trailerable man lifts and I reached out to trim the last few fronds and I guess the bucket pivot wasn't he greatest and the bucket pivoted I ended up gashing up my left wrist with my chainsaw.

    and I've gotten my thigh with the hedge clippers as well.

    My mom cut a tendon with felcos on her middle finger...
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I have way to much respect for the power of a chainsaw to have ever had an accident, but about 20 years ago I had been trimming huge hedges for about 2hours and my arms were getting to be jello (the trimmers were a tad heavier than:laugh: ) well I went to rest the trimmer body on my right thigh but missed the mark and rested the blades across both thighs while they were still spooling down.:cry:

    Nowadays I just like to smash my finger pad off with a deadblow hammer while setting pavers...
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,964

    Yup. $950 for 3 stitches to my left knee last year.
    I posted some pictures on here somewhere and everyone knew what it was from. Hedgeclippers.
    I was trimming around a huge overgrown boxwood stand and backed off a railroad tie retainer. My knee actually came UP to meet the clippers.
    Nice scar for my collection though. Tony
  6. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    8 stitches in my right forearm last season...6 stitches in my left knee the season before...2 months off due to a broken ankle the year before that from getting hit by a huge limb I cut...
    Maybe Im getting more far this year, no stitches or breaks!
  7. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,774

    Haven't done any hedge trimming (and hope I'm fortunate enough to not have to!), but used to run a chainsaw a lot as we burned wood for several years. Never even scratched myself, that I can recall.

    A friend of one of our daughters took his big toe off with a chainsaw just last week (logging). I believe they were able to reattach it. Dang, I'll bet that smarted.

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