Defective Chain Saw Attorney
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Each year, U.S. hospitals report approximately 40,000 chain saw-related injuries and deaths. This is a conservative estimate since it does not include outpatient visits and not all hospitals provide injury information to the public. By all accounts, however, chain saws are among the most dangerous tools that can be obtained without a license or required training on the open market.
Tips on the safe operation of chain saws follow:
- Carefully follow all operating instructions on the owner's manual.
- Choose the right chain saw for the job. This includes the right horsepower, weight, bar length, chain speed, and type of each, including the handle bar ("full-wrap" handle bar for left-handed operators, for instance). Your local chain saw dealer can help you with these choices.
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) online recall alert search by selecting "Chain Saws" and follow the directions on any alerts pertaining to your chain saw's make and model.
- Keep the chain sharp at all times. After every third hand filing, sharpen on a grinder to true up rakers, cutters and gullets.
- Keep the chain saw out of the dirt and avoid rocks, wire, nails, etc...
- Prior to storing the chain saw, use the cover or guard and drain the gas/oil mixture from the tank, otherwise the mixture can turn to varnish and clog the carburetor. A case can be purchased for most smaller chain saws.
- Safety does not only require the proper safety equipment, such as a hard hat, eye protection, gloves, hearing protection, protective leg chaps, a first aid kit, and leather boots that cover the ankles, but all the necessary tools for cutting a tree, such as wedges, ax, large hatchet or maul, bar oil, bar wrench, properly mixed fuel, small screwdriver with magnetic head, chain file with protective handle, and minor maintenance tools.
- Don't work alone and be aware of weather conditions, terrain, buildings, vehicles, power lines, livestock, wildlife and other people.
- Never "air drop" start a chain saw, where you drop the saw with one hand while pulling the starting cord with the other. Air dropping is against the law and has injured numerous operators over the years.
- Anticipate potential "kickback", which leads to the most cuts to operators, and the various forms of "binding" and "pinching" that can occur. Even "anti-kickback" chains can "kick back".
- Learn the basics of saw mechanics, operation (including felling techniques), maintenance (including sharpening techniques), and safety. Consider taking a course in which you can practice performing different kinds of tasks and techniques.
Most chain saw accidents are preventable. And in some cases, an accident may actually be the result of the careless or negligent act of another. If such is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or your loved one's death.
Negligence can extend to the manufacturer or distributor of the chain saw if the chain saw's faulty design, workmanship, or unclear or incorrect operating instructions led to your injuries. You may wish to consider consulting with a qualified personal injury or product liability attorney to learn about your legal options.