Safety Hazard: At least he made sure everyone ELSE was safe!

tree limb safety hazardAnother DIY chainsaw-wielding hero attempts to take down a tree limb, and (again) it doesn’t turn out so well.

On the plus side, our tree-trimmer (1) has a spotter holding the ladder steady, and (2) demonstrates considerable care and concern for his coworkers who are standing below.  In fact, he goes out of his way to ensure their safety before he starts:

“Get outta there, guys; I don’t wanna hit no one.  Is everybody good?”

Pretty good pre-job safety moment.  Too bad that wasn’t followed by an equally good hazard hunt prior to the start of the work, because what happens next is a real problem.  If there had been a safety hazard hunt, focused on good catches, the work crew may have discovered the following:

  1. Standing on too high a rung on the ladder (he appears to be on the top rung or perhaps the second rung from the top)
  2. Standing below the limb that’s being removed (that’s a headache waiting to happen)
  3. Not being tied off and wearing no fall protection equipment
  4. Using only one hand to guide the chainsaw (I guess at least he’s maintaining three points of contact)
  5. Did I miss anything?

In any case, as the video below shows, the tree ends up fighting back, and that doesn’t work out well for our tree trimmer.  Full video follows.

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