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The Arboriculture industry statistically is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. It is imperative that the health and safety within our industry keeps evolving. It is our responsibility as Arborists to implement the safe work practices on our job sites, to wear all relevant PPE, to train apprentices and new hires in the correct way without allowing bad habits and potentially dangerous techniques.

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Date of incident08/19/2021
IncidentChainsaw hit wrist during limb cut
Location of incidentSarnia, Ontario
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Age of impacted party33
OutcomeSerious injury
Type of incident
  • Cut body part
Type of equipment involved
  • Chainsaw
Type of injury
  • Cut/Laceration
Bodily injury to
  • Upper limb
Action taken
  • First aid administered (not by medical professional)
  • Onsite Medical Professional assistance
  • Offsite Medical Professional assistance
Involvement of contributorWorker performing task
  • Overcast
Causes of the incident
  • Fatigue
  • Complacency
  • Completely unforeseeable accident
Description of incident

Up on a limb over a roof, end of day not thinking right chose to use my top handle instead of using my hand saw. Over cut my step-cut and it jerked me a tint bit and I caught my arm with the saw... perfect example of job place complacency and and of day rushing to get done! Was rushed to hospital , Lucky I was okay and didn't cut into my tendents but very close!

Contributing factors

End of day, complacency, rushing to get done.

Incident review and preventative measures

Using hand-saw when cutting limbs up high and in awkward positions. Being aware of potentially harmful or dangerous outcomes. Being aware of complacency and not rushing to get done.

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