Chainsaw laceration

Brief Description of Incident:

An Employee was making the last cut to remove a tree branch that was against a conductor and stuck in some brush. He was back-cutting the branch when it came towards him leaving little time to react. Holding the chainsaw in his left hand, he used his right hand to move the branch out of the way. When pushing the branch to his left he made contact with the chain. It cut through his leather glove and cut him on the base of the middle finger.
Observation:
• The chainsaw was at idle and the hand brake was not set.
• All staff required to operate chainsaws should receive training on chainsaw safety.

Lacerated Finger