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Salmoneye    Posted 11-17-2004 at 02:45:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am touched at the responses...

It never occurred to me that anyone, let alone so many, would respond...

I really made the post so as to 'clear my head', and focus on something else for a couple minutes, and maybe to encourage some other twit to wear their helmet when dropping trees...

I had become complacent, and obviously needed a wakeup call...Still wondering why I happened to pick up that helmet and actually put it on this time...

PS For Carman.....

You asked "And that is important here why?"...Because if someone else learns from my experiences and saves themselves some grief, then maybe my time here on Earth has not been wasted...

TimV    Posted 11-17-2004 at 09:46:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad to see you're on the mend--sure does give you a fresh view of your own mortality! My grandfather never wore a hard hat while logging, but as he got older, he started to wear one--claimed he couldn't run as fast anymore. We've still got it, and my brother uses it while felling. It's saved me a bump or two over the years.

Willy-N    Posted 11-17-2004 at 07:04:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a group of Maples that grow tight together. I was cutting one out of the bunch and it hung with some branches real high up. I decided I could use a pry bar to get it loose and the cut was about 4 ft off the ground. Well I got it loose all right it flung the bar around real fast slamed it into my leg knocking me down! It just about broke my leg and then the cut end buired into the ground right next to my stomach!! I layed there wondering if now it was going to fall on me and finish me off. Last tree I cut down and I sold my Big Chain Saw soon after that. Decided it was cheaper and safer to do electrical work in trade for fire wood! About met my maker that day. Mark H.

Ret    Posted 11-17-2004 at 04:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
well, you got to know your post helped me. Hope you don't make any enemies by doing so. Been playing with my new saw, which I really like, and was looking at some trees with dead branches on them. Gonna have a hat before they get fooled with. Wore a hard hat for a number of years, they CAN help.

New-Gen    Posted 11-17-2004 at 05:11:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Be especially careful when cutting small limbs above your head...that was how I tangled with mine. What would have helped me even more than a hard hat waould have been a heavy leather jacket.

umm    Posted 11-17-2004 at 04:38:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
well said, gracious too. never a wrong time to be safe, you know that well enough. glad your still with us.


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-17-2004 at 03:26:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Trees getting hung up on the way down is serious buisness Salmoneye and worth talking more about. Puts you in a tight spot, I had one do that to me a month ago and there was a grapevine in it too. That one was only about 25' tall but hung tight and twirled when I cut it. My wife could pull it a bit but when it went it just turned and hung up on a 45 deg angle. Had to lob off two 5' sections and then it butted the ground hard and fell. A lot runs through your head doing that.
Later Bob

Old John    Posted 11-17-2004 at 06:35:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi Salmoneye & Y'all,

All I got to say is "Thanks". I read your
post & replies, then DSW read them, about the
4" tree limb.
We decided I need to get a "H-hat" before I cut anymore.
I've been cleaning out my woods, of dead trees,
brush & stuff, since last year. I've got the
tallest straightest sycamores, tulip poplars,
& black walnuts I've ever seen.60 to 80 ft,
some of em. And some are dead, standing.
They do drop some limbs. But I don't go out to
cut if there's much wind blowing.
I always where S-glasses, gloves & earplugs.
I'm adding a Hard-hat today.
Thanks again, from me & DSW. It woke me up,
to reality.
'Til Later,
Old John

toolman    Posted 11-17-2004 at 09:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
often we all get to complaincent when doin things and take way too many chances , i sure do around here and have had my share of mishaps, in the mining industry open pit, not so much underground as you never got many chances there to get away with your mistakes, but in the open pit we were always told the worst operators were the one who had been on the job a long time , the new people were more careful while the ones who had been doing their jobs for a long time took too many things for granted and thus too many un necessary chances, pays to take a minute or two to GET SAFE.

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