"How dangerous is a chainsaw?
According to saw expert Carl Smith, "If you place your hands on a chain saw, you must keep in mind that it is like grabbing a hand grenade without a pin in it. It is very likely to go off in your face. From the moment that you take it out of storage to the time that it goes back to the same place, you can be hurt by either it, or by whatever you will be cutting.""The chain saw is the most dangerous hand tool that can be purchased on the open market. It requires no license and no training to own or operate it. An overall average of 40,000 injuries and deaths occur annually in the US. This figure is just the "reported" accidents given by hospitals willing or able to furnish the information. That figure does not include out-patient visits to the doctor."
- Approximately 30 percent of all woods accidents in a year are typically the result of a chainsaw cut.
- A chainsaw blade can move 45 mph at full throttle.
- Almost all chainsaw accidents can be prevented. "
All chain saw safety instructions include -
Before you begin working, clear your workspace to ensure that there are no loose twigs, stones or other debris that could get caught in your saw. Check to be sure there are no cords, ropes, or other things that could cause you to trip while handling your chain saw. Be sure that you have a secure and even footing at all times.
How big a hole would you have to dig to meet these safety requirements to cut the roots. For safe operation you also need enough room to use the saw without standing or kneeling directly behind the blade in case of kickback. With the chain moving at approximately 45 mph, if it encounters a stone you can have a deadly projectile. Chain breaks are helpful but are no guarantee against injury if you encounter kickback.Yes, chainsaws are extremely dangerous and even many professionals get injured and killed every year.