Sept. 19: Chainsaw Hazard Alert Issued

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WorkSafeNB issued a hazard alert after a 26-year-old woodcutter died while using a chainsaw to remove the limbs and top of a felled tree. He’d started to delimb it and had cut it in two, but while he was topping it off, the sawblade struck the inside of his left thigh. The manager and foreman rushed to help him, but he bled to death. The health and safety officer’s investigation suggested that the worker had probably been pulling the saw toward himself in what’s called a “backhander.” The officer’s report noted that the worker had been wearing all proper protective gear at the time.