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Chainsaw kickback

Chainsaws get a good work out in the Top End, especially now during the wet season, when things are growing fast. Chainsaws are fantastically useful but we also know just how dangerous they can be, especially in untrained hands. Even golfing great, Greg Norman nearly lost his hand.

 James uses a chainsaw regularly and is often found removing an offending limb, one that has fallen or is threatening to fall. Chainsaws are very useful. Unfortunately, too many people have had a chainsaw accident and suffered skin lacerations, facial, hand/finger damage, open wounds, fractures or amputations. It doesn't matter who you are. On 15 September 2014 golf legend Greg Norman reported getting a chainsaw injury and said he was lucky. Norman posted, "Working with a chainsaw always be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down and out. Still have left hand."

Kickback is one common culprit with chainsaw accidents. This usually happens when the user cuts wood with the tip of the bar and the cutting teeth grab hold and throw the chainsaw into the operators arms or face. To apply real protection, get trained in chainsaw use. See our chainsaw courses.