A workplace injury landed one man in the hospital after being hurt by a chainsaw. The accident occurred in Ross. The man was cutting down a tree by 721 Perry Highway at the time of the accident as part of his employment with a tree service company. At about 2:30 p.m., the man lost control of the chainsaw that he was using while operating in a crane.
The blade got embedded in the man between his neck and collarbone. According to a Ross Police sergeant, a coworker safely brought him down from the tree. Emergency medical personnel were able to cut off the engine from the chainsaw. The Ross Police sergeant also stated that medical personnel and the man’s coworkers controlled his bleeding. The man stayed conscious during the ordeal and was able to talk. A doctor boarded the ambulance with the man as he was transported to an area hospital.
During his drive to the hospital, the chainsaw was left in his neck. Despite the ordeal, the chainsaw did not come into contact with any of the man’s major arteries. The worker explained the pain as “the worst pain you could ever imagine.” He was taken into surgery and is now recovering.
Individuals who are injured while they are working may be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim against their employer. Through a claim of this nature, they may be able to receive compensation for the time that they are off work. They may also be able to have their medical expenses covered, including any necessary rehabilitative treatment and medication. A workers’ compensation attorney can assist in the preparation and filing of the claim.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Tree worker ‘doing well’ after being cut on neck by chainsaw in Ross“, Lexi Belulfine, April 01, 2014