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Author Topic: What is your PPE experiences  (Read 2006 times)

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Offline Nate379

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2014, 04:08:03 am »
Couple weeks ago I was showing one of the hired hands how to limb (brand new guy).

Well the log was bound up bad and I didn't even notice.  Cut a branch and the log lauched right into my shin.  About 8" around.  I shrugged it off, kinda angry at myself but holy crap it hurt.  Peeled my skin off and I had blood leaking into my soak.  I had chaps, jeans and long johns on too.

A week days later I went to the ER cause it still hurt, almost felt like my leg was pulling apart when walking. Fractured the tibia.  :(

I guess I have a pretty high pain threshold, several years back I fell from a roof.  Ended up finishing building that building... carrying 70lb bundles of roofing.  Ended up at the hosital 2 weeks later for a routine physical, doc decided to do x-rays when I mentioned the fall.
Broke 2 vertebrae and herniated 3 discs.

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2014, 05:50:53 am »
Haven't had a hardhat prevent my head splitting open for... oh about 2 weeks. :D Chopped a tree down, it landed across another old log that was hidden in the long grass, and when that log went down in the head it came up in the butt, which catapulted a third sapling size thing in at me. Tree I cut went to the right and the sapling came in from the left and banged down fair into the top of my head hard enough to split the (plastic) skid lid. One of those million to one things that you couldn't set up deliberately if you tried. I've always been big on the skid lid though, ever since reading that something like 95% of work related deaths with professional loggers were from falling objects.

Chaps are a bit hit and miss... sometimes I wear them, sometimes I don't. Never been close to an leg injury from a saw, but a lot of thats probably that I run saws big enough that kickback is less of an issue. I have an exemption from wearing them actually - lot of pro loggers around here do - as its considered that the risk of the chaps tangling on vines as your trying to leave the stump area are greater then the risk of leg injury. Leg injuries mightkill you.... being caught up in a vine thats attached to the head of a falling tree will kill you. The joys of working in a jungle.
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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2014, 06:06:44 am »
Chaps, helmet and most of all a tree at a 45 degree angle you can get behind when the tree you just cut is on it's way down. Some say don''t look and others do. I have always looked and yes stuff does fly back at you and fast sometimes. when that happens I was glad to be behind a tree that was a planned escape route. My .02 cents.

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2014, 06:38:22 am »
 Its not broken till the bones sticking out.  :D   
 Chaps are a 100% thing for me, I dont usually skid with a hard hat but will wear it when around the cutter. Knock on wood ive been very lucky in the woods. Broken both legs, both ankles. Collarbone+ shoulder still isnt right, jaw + nose, 2 skin grafts and around 300 stitches / staples so far. Oh, and 9 -3/4 fingers left.
 Complacency kills. You can only push so hard before you forget something and its all over. Been roughly 1 guy killed in our area per yr in the woods. If its going to happen at least make it quick, the idea of freezing to death before you bleed to death doesnt do it for me.

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2014, 07:41:57 am »
We shouldn't work alone either but we all do at times.  Someone needs to know where we're at.
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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2014, 07:52:28 am »
Sometimes I do things that the little voice in my head says something like this, "I don't know about that.  Maybe you should use a wedge?"  Naw, it will be OK. 

Had to get the tractor to get the pinched saw out  :-\.

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2014, 08:13:42 am »
http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/62/WorkRelatedTraumaticFatalitiesInvolvingTimberActivites_Australia_19891992_June1999_ArchivePDF.pdf

makes interesting reading on the statistics and most common causes of chainsaw / sawmill accidents, and breaks them out by industry group from professional loggers to weekend warriors. I figure that the numbers might change a little but probably the ratios of falling object deaths to say chainsaw injury deaths might be pretty similar wherever you are, particularly in the pro categories.

The Darwin Awards nominee on page 22 who cut through to a hinge then tied a rope round his waist from the tree to pull it over... well waht can you say.
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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2014, 08:40:51 am »
I was trimming a maple, large lower limb, it was about 15' up the tree, I cut it clean, it fell, square on the branches, in a vertical fashion, the branches acted as a "spring" it shot back up, straight for me, and the 6-8" end of the limb shot me right off the ladder (hit me on my right side at an angle), and I fell to the ground, with a running saw in hand. All happened in a second. Not sure what PPE would have done me in that situation. Right after that event, I bought a used bucket truck, and dont climb trees or ladders anymore, and I stay way out of the way of what Im dropping.

Otherwise, I do wear one of them combo hard hats/ear muffs/face shields (branded Husky). I also always have on leather gloves, and wear double knee jeans, but have never got around to buying chaps, for I dont cut for a living, just maintenance, and for firewood. Owning a bucket truck seems to get me involved in a little more tree cutting than most that dont do it for a living.

Never gave it a a thought, but I do own a fall harness (mostly for working on steep roofs) and lanyard that would have come in handy, had I had it on, but you dont expect these things. It was a pretty bizarre event, but that is how you get hurt.

Im still recovering from a broken collar bone, and a really screwed up left shoulder right now, I dont recommend falling to anyone. Its been 6 weeks, and Im partially functional. I pulled so many muscles I had a hard time breathing, let alone a yawn or cough. I was pretty close to the ground when I took that hit.

Im back to dressing myself and running a saw, but not without allot of pain. Doc says Im supposed to sit parked until January, Ive got too much to do, and cant sit still that long  :D

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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2014, 09:34:02 am »
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Leg injuries mightkill you.... being caught up in a vine thats attached to the head of a falling tree will kill you.


Clearing the site around a tree for an escape route is the first thing to do so there are no vines.
Wear the chaps,  should be no problem at all, IMO.  ;)
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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2014, 03:09:06 pm »
No offense, but I doubt there's many tropical jungles in Wisconsin.

Used to be that way here once, back before my time. Start at the last stump... take 1/2 a day to hack your way to the next tree... take a day and a half to clear away what vine you thought needed to be cleared around the next tree... then fall and take another day to clean the vine away from the log and then maybe another to open a line for the winch into the log. Two logs a week was an acceptable talley ( but they're the size of california redwoods or near enough)
What I call vine is thick enough and strong enough to bind up a dozer's tracks... and it grows from the head of one tree to the next and some of it won't have any real ground contact at all. "Vine" kills you when a branch off a tree about 100 yards back snaps out and gets pulled down with a falling tree. Other types of "vine" grab hold of your skin/ clothes and leave you hanging like a bat on a barbed wire fence.  Skin tears off on the barbs, rip proof clothing won't... which is why long trousers are not highly favoured.
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Re: What is your PPE experiences
« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2014, 05:37:38 am »
A vine tree got me!

  

 
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« Reply #31 on: November 11, 2014, 06:05:43 am »
I dont do logging for a living anymore but do cut wood to feed the OWB, and I feel since I have all the PPE that it would be Dumb not to wear it. Kinda like not using the safety on the gun.
         

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