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#269730 5-Apr-2020 03:58
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This was not a direct family member of mine but is a family member of a very close friend.

Person X chainsawed his arm yesterday - through to the bone. Probably lucky not be amputated. Cut several arteries and lots of tendons and ligaments. At the hospital they stopped the bleeding and then sent him to the nearby specialist hospital to reattach the tendons ligaments.

They kept him in overnight and then discharged him for nurse care at home. The word was: we don’t want you in the hospital at this time as you’re more likely to be killed by the virus in the hospital.

Think about what you are doing folks. Typical NZ attitudes to safety aren't good enough. She won't be right and your family will bear the brunt, it won't be a hospital this time.

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  #2454730 5-Apr-2020 07:44
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Like all other activities if there is a risk, now is not the time to take it. Esow if you are not taking all precautions needed.




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  #2454845 5-Apr-2020 10:38
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That's horrifying.

As always with these things be safe. Particularly at this time, shel be right isn't the best way.




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  #2454850 5-Apr-2020 10:44
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Something like 1.4 million injuries are claimed through to ACC at home each year. The attitudes around this really need to change not just because the cost is phenomenal which we all pay for but it's really not needed right now.


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  #2454851 5-Apr-2020 10:44
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That's nasty, poor guy. I've heard a couple of chainsaws around the neighborhood, and there was an arborist company on FB basically encouraging and providing advice on how to cut down a tree. Adults have been warned and vilified for surfing or riding a motorcycle or just mentioning such activies, but hanging off a tree with a piece of dangerous machinery is OK? You know what they say about "common" sense.


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  #2454861 5-Apr-2020 10:56
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I think a lot depends on your attitude to safety. Obviously I know completely nothing about the person mentioned or their attitude towards anything so that comment is not meant as a slight on them, it's just a general comment.

 

When I'm chainsawing I always have my steel capped shoes on, and my chaps, decent gloves (although I need new ones) and a helmet if I'm using my big saw. I'll use a saw appropriate to the job I'm doing ie, anything less than about 40cm diameter gets the small saw with the pico chain. Vertical cutting on bigger stuff is always done on an angle so if there is a kick it goes away from me. With horizontal stuff such stumps I'm always walking ahead of the saw so if it kicks it'll go off to the side of me.

 

I get binding now and again, as everyone does, but the big thing -the really big thing- is that I am always aware of the tip; where it's going and if there's anything it's likely to come into contact with. If you don't stay aware of that tip and keep it clear of other objects (such as another branch if you're cutting on a woodpile) you will get kickbacks. In the last 7 years of regular chainsaw use (myself and 4 other chaps have cut down a lot of trees for firewood) I've had one minor kickback which didn't even come out of the massive branch I was cutting. Even if it had, the cutting angle would've saved me.

 

But yeah - fully agree with the sentiments expressed above. Be extra careful during this time. The hospital staff don't want you there at the best of times.

 

Chainsaw pr0n below - younger viewers may want to shield their eyes... (most of our saws from an outing, last year, to property that's being developed in the depths of the Akatarawas):

 

 

Edit: resized the rather large photo and clarified when the outing was...

 

   


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  #2454867 5-Apr-2020 11:01
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Is that a 660 under the axe on the right, @Dratsab?

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#2454869 5-Apr-2020 11:03
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Question to the government: Is it okay for me to use my chainsaw while I'm out surfing?


 
 
 
 


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  #2454878 5-Apr-2020 11:18
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As long as you don’t drive there it’ll be OK.

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  #2454913 5-Apr-2020 11:50
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Not any more - see the updated rules https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/413466/new-covid-19-lockdown-guidelines-no-swimming-tramping-boating-allowed.

 

(Unless you are minister of health of course)


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  #2455097 5-Apr-2020 14:18
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Handle9: This was not a direct family member of mine but is a family member of a very close friend.

Person X chainsawed his arm yesterday - through to the bone. Probably lucky not be amputated. Cut several arteries and lots of tendons and ligaments. At the hospital they stopped the bleeding and then sent him to the nearby specialist hospital to reattach the tendons ligaments.

They kept him in overnight and then discharged him for nurse care at home. The word was: we don’t want you in the hospital at this time as you’re more likely to be killed by the virus in the hospital.

Think about what you are doing folks. Typical NZ attitudes to safety aren't good enough. She won't be right and your family will bear the brunt, it won't be a hospital this time.

 

 

 

You see this in nz hospitals on boxing day and the days after.

 

Adults get a new toy and want to use it.

 

Kids often hurt themselves on xmas day.


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  #2455208 5-Apr-2020 17:04
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freitasm:

 

@eph I think you missed the sarcasm/joke... Anyway, I've posted the relevant quote and link to the actual order in the other thread here.

 

 

 

 

Hehe, yes I did. Your quote is way better but didn't see it otherwise would have pointed there.


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  #2455241 5-Apr-2020 17:52
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Ge0rge: Is that a 660 under the axe on the right, Dratsab?

 

Would've replied earlier but I've been outside doing some DIY...

 

Yes, a MS660 with a 24" bar.

 

My 044 (hidden inside the blue box with only the bar cover poking out) is a real grunter too :-)


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  #2455247 5-Apr-2020 18:15
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afe66:

You see this in nz hospitals on boxing day and the days after.

 

 

When I broke my ankle last year it was on New Year's Eve, so I got brought to hospital by ambulance on what's probably the worst night of the year for admissions. They asked me how I did it.

 

 

"Weeding".

 

 

I'm not sure they believed me... and to forestall the obvious pun, no, not that kind of weed.

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  #2455355 5-Apr-2020 20:34
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While lining up at the supermarket I overheard a lady talking to her friend on the phone. She said her husband was a paramedic and that he was really quiet at work as everyone at home not getting into trouble.

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