The chainsaw operator was part of a work team clearing Rhododendron. As he was changing positions to undertake a new cut, he stepped over a log, slipped on the mud and fell. The chainsaw blade came down on his wrist inflicting a deep laceration.
Slips trips and falls are the initial ‘cause’ of 50% of all major injuries. Because the majority of falls have little or no consequence it is easy to dismiss them. On a forestry worksite, with stumps, brash, logs and open drains; especially when we are carrying or operating sharp edged hand tools, - the consequences of a fall from a slip or trip can be severe.