Chainsaws are among the most useful and dangerous outdoor power tools owned and operated by landowners. Severe injuries include deep, jagged lacerations embedding foreign substances resulting from direct contact with the chain saw; strains and sprains from improper handling; and contusions concussions and/or fractures caused by being struck by objects while cutting. Improper long term use may result in loss of hearing and diminished nerve sensitivity. While all danger cannot be eliminated, training and instruction have proven to be an effective way to mitigate the risk of harm to a chain saw user.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will be holding a Chainsaw Safety course on Monday, October 15th from 10am until 2pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center at 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg, NY. Mike Burns from Professional Forestry Services will present an instructional program for the occasional chainsaw user on safe operation and risk mitigation. This session is intended to be an introduction to chainsaw use and is not adequate preparation for felling standing trees (nor is it intended for any certification). Participants will not be using a chainsaw as part of the workshop. Mike’s workshop will include proper safety gear, ways to start and operate a saw, and even maintenance including sharpening of a saw. There is a $5 fee and light refreshments will be included. Registration is required by October 10th by calling CCE at 518-623-3291.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County
377 Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885