Jun 21, 2014
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Groundsman wearing chaps.

This post is directed to our customers who use chainsaws.  We want you to be safe!  If there was one (less than $100) purchase you could make which would reduce your risk of injury by 50% would you do it?  What if it might prevent an injury which could cost you your leg?  Your very life?  Are you getting interested?

Studies have shown that  the body part most frequently injured by chainsaw accidents is the leg.  A safety item has been developed which has proven to drastically reduce leg injuries — chaps.  Except unlike the leather chaps cowboys wear to reduce wear to their jeans, these chaps will stop a moving chainsaw chain and protect your leg.  There is a popular training demonstration designed to prove that the chaps really work.  Please click on the link below for a brief video.  In our 404-CUT-TREE safety training we demonstrate how even a very slow moving chainsaw chain will gouge into a hardwood log (like oak) about 1/4 in. deep.  (That’s deep enough to get to the marrow of your shin bone.)  Then we lay an old pair of chaps on a softwood log (like poplar) and race the engine as fast as it will go.  When we firmly drive the fast moving chain into the log (at 2750 feet per minute), the chaps completely stop the chain without a mark on the log.  You really have to see it to believe it.  Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIwyfkmlNs

If you view this video, you won’t have to wait all night at St. Joe’s hospital while the emergency staff try to save the leg of an employee (as I have) in order to become a believer in chaps.  Because this safety equipment works so well, Federal OSHA mandates the use of chaps by all commercial tree workers who use chainsaws on the ground.  But after training, we really don’t have to spend much energy enforcing this rule.

So when you see one of our crews working in 100 degree heat, all decked out with chaps, hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, you’ll know why.  And why mention this to our customers?  Because we care about you.  We know many of you use chainsaws from time to time, and we want you to be safe.  You can buy a pair of chaps at Howard’s on Buford Highway, or at Lowe’s, or many other stores which sell Stihl chainsaws.  It’s a loving Father’s Day gift.