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Tragedy in the woods
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Les...fortunate    Posted 08-08-2002 at 12:23:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The young man in this story is the son of a co-worker.

ger    Posted 08-09-2002 at 09:35:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi les,sorry to hear about your friends son,its, tragic when something like this happenes a guy never knows from day to day .up here in b.c. logging is big bussiness an i think since all the underground coal mines have shut down ,they now lose more loggers than in any other industry,mostly fallers its a risky bussiness. best to you ,an his family and god bless them .later ger

jamo    Posted 08-09-2002 at 04:58:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our deepest regrets to you and that young man's family. Hope your co-worker is doing okay. It's very hard to lose a child. I know this man had a wife he left behind, did he have any children?

Les    Posted 08-09-2002 at 11:56:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes. He had a boy, 3, and twins (one of each) 2.

Hogman    Posted 08-08-2002 at 21:28:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les I join the others in condolances. These things happen all too often and it realy is sad. Like most of us I go to the woods in the company of two saws and a dinky radio which is of little use if somthing happens and I can't use it.

One thing pointed out in the artical "He had left good directions as to location". How many of Us say We will be one place and wind up in another without calling home? I know I do all too often.

DeadCarp - be careful fellas    Posted 08-08-2002 at 20:38:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I generally get wood alone, and can pass on a coupla experiences.
The partner to my old (Russian) barber in Seattle went cutting firewood one day and didn't come back. They found him too late. He'd been trying to fell a wind-bent birch, notched it and sawed halfway thru it and the thing split & sprang, hitting him in the face.

My hazards are mostly with leaners that don't want to fall all the way. Usually you can whittle chunks off and they'll settle til they finally crash, but in the process you get to running a chainsaw overhead, poking the beavertail at it, the way-high branches start falling down and creating more hazards, and it gets a little touchy. Well, i had one leaner and my son Lee was along, so no problem, i'll just ease about 5 feet off the bottom and the rest will settle on the other side of the stump. -- well, it didn't. I was carefully getting thru the thing, and it settled a bit and pinched the blade and i jerked and whoosh! The thing sailed across the stump at me like a battering ram! Just by luck i was at that instant beside it, instead of out front. But i'll tell ya, i don't have bones that could have slowed it down! Had i been in the way, that thing would have poked me into the dent in the ground and Lee (who's been thru enough tragedy) would have been in a helluva fix!
Sorry about the lad Les, and be careful, regardless. :)

Sorry Les and a thought for those of us who must work alone-Pcc-AL    Posted 08-08-2002 at 19:02:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many of us have no recourse but to work alone and I have meant to post on this subject for some time. Anyway, we take our chances and if we meet mis-fortune, I had rather it be that way than in a nursing home. I am truly sorry about your friend and can relate, as my uncle cut down a tree that fell on him and broke his back. He crawled about a quarter mile to get help. Sorry again.

Rachel    Posted 08-08-2002 at 18:28:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My condolences to your friend.

Ira    Posted 08-08-2002 at 15:53:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry to hear that Les. I lost a friend the same way a few years ago, and a BIL in a skidder accident. My sympathy to the family.

Grove r    Posted 08-08-2002 at 15:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry to hear that, Les, my sincerest condolences! Similar happend a few miles form home last winter, only difference being there were two other fellows working with him at the time. By the time the ambulance arrived, he was already dead. Apparently the top of a dry snag came down on top of him, never even saw it comming! I am still doing lots af falling, alone, and intend doing it that way, regardless, most of my work is alone. Just be as carefull as I can...... can't see myself staying in bed to avoid an accident that might not happen.......R.E.L.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-08-2002 at 14:12:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Damn sorry to hear that Les.

I will never be a cutter, but I do drop 20-30 good size trees a year and I will never cut alone again.

My condolences to you and the mans family...

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