Chuck Oslund’s The Chainsaw Security System is greater than only a security handbook. It is a philosophical treatise on the significance of security and the conclusion that there are three components concerned in chopping down a tree-you, the chainsaw, and the tree. You will need to present respect to each the tree and the chainsaw. As Oslund states early on, this guide and the strategies it illustrates are “not simply an understanding of how the noticed works; it is about the way it works when mixed with the distinctive tree you might be chopping, and the person state of your perspective. That is the explanation for this guide; the CSS [Chainsaw Safety System] is that ‘one thing extra’ it’s essential be a protected, productive, and assured operator.” Not solely will it hold you protected, however the CSS will guarantee everybody else concerned is protected, together with your designated security individual, since there ought to all the time be a security individual concerned at any time when utilizing a chainsaw.
You could already know easy methods to use a chainsaw and be questioning whether or not you want this guide. Nonetheless, most individuals have no idea easy methods to use chainsaws correctly or they could even be afraid of utilizing them. Worse, many individuals try to make use of chainsaws when emergency conditions come up despite the fact that they’ve by no means been educated to make use of them. As Oslund states, “Timber kill extra folks in catastrophic climate occasions than another trigger.” The truth is, extra individuals are often harm within the clean-up of timber after a storm than are harm by the storm itself. Plus, the price of chainsaw accidents is astronomical. Oslund states that the estimated value per chainsaw harm in 2000 was over $12,000 (I believe it is greater than double that at the moment) and required a mean of 110 stiches. In 2009, there have been greater than 26,000 emergency room handled chainsaw accidents, and by 2013, that quantity had risen to 36,000.
The rise in accidents largely comes from extra folks utilizing chainsaws at the moment with out being educated in easy methods to use them correctly. When emergency conditions come up, folks attempt to be heroes despite the fact that they could not know what they’re doing. Others are afraid to behave as a result of they concern the chainsaw. This guide not solely teaches correct use, but it surely teaches folks not easy methods to step outdoors their consolation zones however easy methods to broaden these zones.
Among the finest methods to make sure security that Oslund explores is studying easy methods to establish the dangers or risks round you. He teaches brain-training remark strategies so we will search for sudden dangers. We will grasp these strategies just by being attentive to our environment wherever we’re slightly than continuously being centered on our telephones or different distractions.
Some folks would possibly dismiss Oslund’s teachings as simply widespread sense, however he rapidly factors out why that’s the improper perspective. When a scholar instructed him, “I have already got a security system; it is referred to as ‘widespread sense,'” Oslund instructed him, “That remark is the precise cause why the security system is required, and why it helps solely those that are prepared to put down their delight for the advantage of newbie noticed operators; that line of considering could also be legitimate for an abnormal device, however it’s not for probably the most harmful device as a result of it’s also ‘widespread’ to be injured when working one; two ‘commons’ imply that, statistically, you’ll finally be injured in the event you do not begin utilizing your head for one thing apart from telling everybody round you ways ‘good’ you might be with this ‘manly’ device.”
The truth is, Oslund has many occasions taken it upon himself to talk to folks he has seen training unsafe conduct. He is even had folks admit they have interaction in such conduct simply to indicate off. He is had folks yell at him for sticking his nostril of their enterprise, just for them later to thank him for caring sufficient to show them higher. When utilizing one of many deadliest units on the planet, there isn’t any place for bravado.
The second half of The Chainsaw Security System focuses on the 5 guidelines of chainsaw security. I will not go into them here-better you learn the guide so that you perceive them in full-but the ultimate rule is “Stumps do not lie.” In different phrases, the stump left behind after you employ your chainsaw will inform the story of simply how skilled-and safe-you are along with your noticed. Oslund has typically seen a stump within the woods that made him shake his head and say a prayer for the chainsaw operator that they have not harm themselves or another person with a chainsaw since they minimize down that tree.
The Chainsaw Security System additionally contains fifty-five photos taken from slides Oslund has utilized in his shows on chainsaw security which he has given everywhere in the state of Michigan, and that are paid for by the state. These photos illustrate his factors and function prepared references for readers to return and keep in mind details. Oslund additionally references a number of movies from YouTube that readers can view to search out examples of what to do-and not do.
Lastly, Oslund is entertaining. Whereas this guide is longer than one would possibly count on, that’s as a result of Oslund really desires his readers to be protected, and he makes use of his dry humor to make his factors come throughout, in addition to repetition, in order that readers will keep in mind what he says when their chainsaw meets a tree it would in any other case not like. For example of humor, right here is one in all my favourite passages from the guide:
“I’ll go across the room and ask every scholar to call a potential hazard whereas chopping down a tree. I will often get via a number of sitting close to the entrance of the category with responses like widow makers, phone wires, the outhouse, my silly dog-things like that-before I cease and allow them to off the hook by stating, ‘You possibly can say absolutely anything, and I might dream up a situation the place it might be a hazard whereas chopping with a chainsaw.’ In fact, after making such a daring assertion, I get instantaneous challenges like: ‘elephant, pancake, sea anemone,’ yelled out by some smartass. After having some enjoyable with that by displaying how they might be hazards-cutting down a tree on the zoo; I ate fifty of them for breakfast; I’ve a coral chopping noticed with an extended snorkel-I level out the explanation for the train: No one can probably predict the hazards that might be encountered in felling any tree till they’re really within the chopping space.”
A glossary concludes the guide. Belief me, whenever you come away, you’ll know all of the phrases on this guide very nicely. You’ll know easy methods to decide the place a tree will fall, easy methods to talk along with your security individual, why it is essential to maintain your noticed maintained, and a lot extra. You should have turn out to be a part of the CSS, and you’ll use what you realized in these pages to make sure your security and that of others in areas of your life that do not even require a chainsaw. If you happen to ever plan to choose up a chainsaw, The Chainsaw Security System is the guide it’s essential be sure you stay to chop one other day.