"The chain saw is the most dangerous hand tool that can be purchased on the open market. It requires no license and no training to own or operate it. An overall average of 40,000 injuries and deaths occur annually in the US. This figure is just the "reported" accidents given by hospitals willing or able to furnish the information. That figure does not include out-patient visits to the doctor."
Remember: Approximately 30 percent of all woods accidents in a year are typically the result of a chainsaw cut. A chainsaw blade can move 45 mph at full throttle and can move rapidly in the opposite direction (called kick-back). Almost all chainsaw accidents can be prevented by using common sense and by using safe cutting practices. Please review Carl Smith's Chainsaw Safety Interview.
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