Don't Be Afraid Of Chainsaws! – Safety & Responsibility

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Pat Hennin started using a chainsaw in 1962 when he worked as a lumberjack in the Targhee National Forest in Idaho to pay for college.

From milling whole houses worth of timbers, to practicing tree surgery, Pat has been regularly using a chainsaw for the last 40 years, and it is one of his favorite tools!

In this first video of a six-part series, Pat explains more about how his first lumberjack experience and how he approaches safety & responsibility when it comes to wielding this powerful tool.

Look out for Pt. 2 to this series coming out next week!


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13 Responses

  1. Aaron Klug says:

    The most mindblowing thing about this video is the world he describes in 1962. The scenario in which a greenhorn, unskilled 18-year-old kid could be shipped out to work in the woods for a few months and make enough money to pay for a full-year's worth of tuition, room and board at an expensive private university is either bullshit or some sort of economic utopia I can't fully fathom.

  2. Steve P says:

    Excellent video! My "intro" to chainsawing was clearing a piddly two-acre house lot of maple and beech for the house and landscaping (deadwood, driveway etc.). I had three chainsaws – one borrowed monster with a long bar and two smaller ones of my own with 18" bars. These days I run even shorter bars on my saws since I am mostly just cleaning up deadfalls and as you note, a 16" bar can cut a 32' tree

  3. Tony Lol says:

    Lmao his dad killed all the trees just so he can cut them down.

  4. Tony G says:

    8:30 you're like David before the battle with Goliath, he didn't need to wear any of that protective armor that was offered to him to take down the giant. ☺️

  5. Jeff LaBrozzi says:

    Really great story. Being responsible for your own safety is a great message. Thanks Pat.

  6. Matthew Rice says:

    Wow! Great information. Pats stories on his experiences are wonderful!

  7. oneeyednewt says:

    Agreed that the biggest cause of injury and accidents are inattention, but the assessment of accidents always being "someone else's fault" is demonstrably untrue. Not only are there provisions in OSHA guidelines for proving that an accident or violation is not the fault of the employer (i.e. protections for the employer from the employee), but the whole point of OSHA is to protect the employee from rampant, institutionalized unsafe practices by employers and the people who holds the positions of power over their workforce.

    If you're on your property and don't want to wear any of the OSHA PPE when doing anything, more power to you, OSHA doesn't care. When you are employing someone who doesn't know better because it's their first time using a saw (or whatever other piece of potentially life threatening equipment) then OSHA and other similar laws and agencies put the onus of creating a safe working environment on the employer (i.e. the individual with a position of power). OSHA was created because employees were being injured and killed due to unsafe conditions that were created by, or at least not properly mitigated by, an employer. The rules were created by regulators AND industry representatives and continue to get updated by BOTH parties to try and keep the American people safe and healthy.

    I love your videos and what you teach, but please, as a person who is viewed as and presenting yourself as an expert on the subject, do not encourage more people to be less safe. I have known multiple people whose lives have been forever changed or even ended because their boss wanted it done for as cheaply and quickly as possible and thought that OSHA is just some "socialist nanny state bull crap."

    For the record, I use a chainsaw on my family's property without any additional safety gear other than a hardhat with ear muffs and a face shield. I'm not some safety square in every aspect of life, I just know and believe, through years of working and schooling in the construction industry, that OSHA and the right to a safe working environment is the responsibility of the employer.

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  9. Marvin Mora says:

    I'm so glad to see you guys are still producing videos! Thank you from the urban core of Miami!

  10. William Giuffre says:

    Really expensive…4 months of work for a high school kid. Boy have times changed. Now a kid in 4 months makes maybe 4K.

  11. Darryl Granier Sr. says:

    Thank you so much for being a Give'er your whole life. We are a dying breed!

  12. Sovereign Village Project says:

    I’ve seen more injuries from chainsaws on experienced people who let their guard down.

  13. Roger Bettencourt says:

    I agree that no amount of safety equipment will be effective without situational awareness. Glad to see you guys back.

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