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Oh dear I appear to have an addiction to buying power tools. The only issue being the last saw I bought (Ordinary wood saw) left me with a 6 inch scar (and 6hrs in A&E with 15 stiches) so imagine what i'm gonna do with a power saw. :shock: ...I may need one of those things you can use to type with your head.

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This reminded me of the DIY sketch from the 'Kenny Everet Television Show' in the last century.


More power = less limbs!


I was given a circular saw by a friend as he was frightened of using it.

I plugged it revved it up and decided that I was too! :oops: I just kept seeing the Kenny Everet sketch with fake blood squirting everywhere and couldn't help thinking how easy it would be to do it for real :shock::shock:


Mine is only a cut off saw rather than the really dodgy looking portable ones you can get.


Hand saws are much more fun and much safer as most people tend to stop before they have totally hacked off a limb! Not like the power saws, BUZZZZZZZZZZ, slip, :shock: plop! :shock: ........err help.


And nail guns! :shock: you should require a license for those! the are as deadly as an AK 47 in the wrong hands!


This is why I seldom finish projects, they all get stopped on elf and safety grounds, honest. :D





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I'm not sure if anybody here has ever seen a show called Home Improvement (starring Tim Allen) but his phrase is "More Power" followed by a grunt, and he's always in and out of hospital!


The moral of the story is, be careful with one of them circular saws, a friend of mine once slipped and had to have 17 stitches in his thumb and fore finger!

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Think I'll stick to my little ' pink' tool kit - it has everything in it, just like when I was at school - they didn't use many power tools then apart from a drill on a stand thing - everything else was hand tools!


I agree that nail guns are deadly - that's why I won't let hubby have one. I've heard alsorts about one going in someones eye - into their body near their heart etc. No thanks!


I did offer to buy my hubby a router a bit ago, but he said he was scared of them!!!! :lol:


And Stanley knives, my god - the times my dad had to go to A & E when I was younger & lived at home!!! Everytime he used it, there was an accident. I'm happy to say he still has 8 fingers & 2 thumbs tho!



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Tool injuries are literally an occupational hazard here.

I have lost count the number of times I have had to take Hubby/a co worker to hospital.


I had a sledgehammer drop from a chest high shelf onto my toe, which broke & The Hubby has hit himself on the back of the head with an axe :roll::roll::roll:

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Cool... Hitting yourself in the back of the head with an axe must take practice! Broken toes are not nice same as fingers. I've done all mine at one time or another along with a Fractured hip, fractured vertebrea, ruptured kidney (nice that one), Broken nose (hall of mirrors at the fair and alot of cider when younger), both wrists one of them twice, broken elbow...and a few more.

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Here is a Safe Systems of Work Thingy for a Chain Saw.


You will of course do a Risk Assessment before commencing work!




Risk Assessment :

Risk to operator, Danger from saw blade- damage to limbs, splinters/sawdust in eyes, Danger from felled branches, splitting timber, loss of balance as branch is cut. Hearing damage due to noise level of saw operation. Fuel leakage and fire hazard. Overhead power cables.


Risk to other workers, Danger from saw blade- damage to limbs, splinters/sawdust in eyes, Danger from felled branches, splitting timber. Fuel leakage and fire hazard. Overhead power cables.


Risk to public, Danger from felled branches. Fuel leakage and fire hazard. Overhead power cables.






Must be maintained and serviced regularly, according to manufacturer's instructions.



Protective Clothing:


Operator should wear protective leggings, gloves, goggles, hard hat, ear mufflers and protective boots.



Site Assessment:


Prior to the commencement of work, the site should be inspected and assessed for specific hazards, as set out in general safety procedures.


Safety Zone for operations:


The area in which the chain saw operator works should be clearly demarcated, and no one else should be permitted within this area whilst the chain saw is running.


A safety supervisor should control the limits of this area and be responsible for keeping all other people outside the zone whilst the saw is in operation.


The limits of this exclusion zone shall vary according to the size, height and nature of the timber being cut, and the gradients of the surrounding land. The area will be at the discretion of the supervisor who shall take the above considerations into account.


Visible and Audible Signals:


The chain saw operator will be issued with a whistle, to warn of intention to start up chain saw, and to indicate the "All Clear".


A signal system should be established to provide communication between the chain saw operator, the supervisor and the remainder of the work party. The supervisor should familiarise all members of the work party with the signals prior to each day's work.


Warning signs should be erected to inform the public of the dangers and to keep them out of the operating zone



Safe System of Work:


The chain saw shall only be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.


The operator must be trained and familiar with its use.


Unless it has been otherwise discussed with the work party, the operator should work upstream of the rest of the work party. This will make the supervisor's task of monitoring activities easier to observe.


Each time the chain saw operator intends to begin work, he must signal with a single long blast on his whistle. He must then await the permission of the supervisor to continue.


The supervisor must clearly demarcate the boundary of the exclusion zone. He must check that there is no person other than the operator within this zone, and that everyone is aware that cutting is about to commence. He may then signal the operator to proceed.


When cutting has finished the saw must be switched off. Only then can the operator signal to the supervisor that he feels that it is safe for assistants to enter the danger zone (Two short blasts on whistle). Where other potential hazards still exist (eg unstable banks, uneven river bed, cut timber which has not yet fallen), the supervisor must warn those entering the zone of these hazards.


When cutting up felled timber on the ground, as a general rule, the work party should retire at least 5 metres from the operator. This distance shall be at the discretion, and under the control, of the supervisor.


The saw must not be transported whilst the engine is running. Protective guards should be placed on the tools when not in use.


Any injury sustained whilst working should be reported to the safety supervisor and logged on the record sheet.


Don't forget to buy the whistle! :lol:

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You would be ok as long as it is a chainmail bikini and you also wore chainmail chaps! :lol:


Now theres an image :shock: , wellies, chainmail bikini and chaps, goggles, hard hat and ear defenders! and not to mention the whistle, Zena Warrior Lumberjack! you could have your own series! :D:D



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