Many people have come to underestimate how dangerous chainsaws are and the immense harm that they can cause to an operator or innocent bystander if they are not used responsibly. Their widespread appearance in movies and video games has made the general public view them as more of a novelty than a tool that has a purpose and requires training to use properly.
Despite the risks of serious injury associated with them, chain saws do not require licenses to operate and many of the people who use them lack such training and are unaware of safety protocols that would keep them out of harm’s way.
The construction accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent people seriously injured due to accidents with chainsaws at work. We also help people (including their family members and loved ones) who have been injured due to the negligence of others using a chainsaw.
As with all of our personal injury and wrongful death cases, we handle chainsaw accident cases on a contingency fee basis, where we only receive a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery for you.
Use our contact form to speak to a chainsaw accident lawyer in our law offices, because they can help you grasp how personal injury law. A personal injury lawsuit can also help you recover financial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
The personal injury attorneys at our law firm have years of experience bringing personal injury claims and can help you every step of the way.
Chainsaw Safety Guidelines
Many of the injuries caused by chainsaws are due to recklessness, poor judgment, or a lack of understanding concerning safe and responsible use. Chainsaw operators are capable of harming themselves and the people around them when they fail to follow these general guidelines.
- Chainsaws should never be airdropped to start— a process in which the user drops the chainsaw with one hand while pulling the start cord with the other. This can result in losing control over the chainsaw.
- Chain saw blades become dull, creating a hazard when the chain saw must operate with more force to create a cut. Blades should be routinely sharpened and many operators are not trained on how to do so properly.
- Chain saws have limitations and users should be aware of whether the chain saw being used is suitable for the job at hand. Some jobs require saws with greater horsepower and torque to power through larger objects while others require more precision and finesse.
- Chainsaws should never be used in the absence of other people. It is important that the operator never uses the chainsaw alone because the presence of another person ensures that if something unfortunate should happen that the operator will have someone to assist him or her in getting medical attention.
- Chainsaw operators should wear proper safety equipment which includes a helmet, safety glasses, protective gloves, and leather chaps and boots.
- Operators should avoid using around hard objects such as stones or metal and should never work around power lines or electrical wiring.
- Kickback is a major cause of injury due to the fact that it can occur even in chainsaws advertised to reduce or eliminate it. When an operator loses control of the chainsaw is when it is most probable that an accident will occur.
Operating a chainsaw is dangerous and demands knowledge and protection. Get additional resources and data about the hazards workers face from cutting with a chain blade or from related accidents like falls. Tree workers in the tree care industry (when cutting branches, limbs, etc.) are especially vulnerable.
Contact us if you were hurt by a blade in the leg, arm, shoulder, teeth, or anywhere else. We can help protect you when cutting tree branches, tree limbs, or anything else.
Chainsaw Accident FAQs
How Many People Die From Chainsaw Accidents?
Tens of thousands of people are injured annually in the United States and many of these victims, unfortunately, die from their injuries. Companies sell close to five million new chainsaws each year-these and older versions contribute to these fatalities and harm.
Learn about protection strategies before cutting anything especially trees for example, tree branches, wood, or similar items. Workers face many hazards and trauma they don’t realize until it is too late.
How Do Most Chainsaw Accidents Happen Like Chainsaw Kickback?
Most chainsaws occur when either the chain or guide bar collides with an object and the saw kicks back. These can happen in a split second and cause life-altering injuries or even death.
Chainsaw kickback is common too and that causes many chainsaw injuries beyond the average chainsaw injury. Other injuries happen for these reasons:
- Lack of head, eye, or hearing protection like a hard hat or safety glasses
- Falling tree limbs or branches and other problems around trees
- The chain broke
- A kickback occurs
- Failure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Not using proper cutting techniques and safe work practices
- Chain break while sawing into wood
Note, a chainsaw operator should wear personal protective equipment and learn about chainsaw safety. This will prevent most injuries including head injuries for the chainsaw operator.
What Is the Safest Chainsaw?
In the United States, in terms of reported injuries and deaths, the safest chainsaws are made by Black & Decker, WORX, and Husqvarna.
Where Do Most Chainsaw Injuries Occur?
Most victims of chainsaw accidents suffer injuries to their knees, leg or legs, arm or arms, shoulders, and wrists. They can get a deep laceration or deep lacerations all across their body.
Operating chainsaws especially around a tree are serious. At any time, a sudden injury or infection can happen to your right hand, left hand, upper leg, lower legs teeth, knee, neck
Data shows that improper use of a chainsaw or failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions can cause serious chainsaw injury or even serious chainsaw injuries to the chainsaw operator.
Chainsaw safety training and protection can help protect workers from the hazards of cutting with a chainsaw blade into items like wood, trees, and more.
Should You Wear Gloves When Using a Chainsaw?
Yes, you should always wear gloves when operating or cutting with a chainsaw. You should also use personal proactive headgear, chaps, and jackets. This is especially important when sawing up things like trees, tree parts, wood, or similar things. Otherwise, you could suffer damage to your arms, right or left hand, leg, head, or somewhere else.
Product Liability Chainsaw Injury Cases Involving Manufacturers and Suppliers
On occasion, the omission of information or lack of warnings in chain saw instruction manuals or manufacturer defects may be the cause of an injury. In these situations, the injured party may file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer and other parties responsible for the design and distribution of the defective saw.
If workers have been injured in a chainsaw accident, it is important that you quickly establish a timeline of events in order to determine the cause of the accident. The information you are able to gather or provide to an attorney will help establish your case should it be determined that another party is liable.
If you are injured while cutting on the job, your employer is required to provide workers with workers’ compensation. You may also be entitled to claim damages if the employer did not provide adequate training or safety equipment prior to the accident.
The manufacturer may be considered liable as well if the chain saw malfunctioned due to a defect or poor design. Compensation can include the cost of your medical bills, pain and suffering, and any wages you lose due to the inability to work.
If your injury affects your ability to retain or gain future employment, talk to our construction site accident lawyers to see if you may be awarded damages for the loss of potential income as well.
Get a Free Legal Consultation With a Chainsaw Accident Lawyer Today
Contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today at (888) 424-5757 to learn more about your rights during a free consultation with an attorney. We will perform an investigation after collecting all the important evidence we require from you in order to determine who is liable for your injuries. This will help determine the approximate value of your case and how we would advise you to proceed.
Each of our construction worker injury attorneys is qualified and experienced to handle your case with the greatest care and expertise. We guarantee our work and if we are unable to collect money on your behalf, our services will cost you nothing.