Chainsaw Recalls, Defects & Associated Injuries
Ohio Product Liability Attorney Reviewing Recent Defective Chainsaw Recalls
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year around 36,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries from using chain saws. Chainsaws are inherently dangerous tools, though when coupled with defects or malfunctioning, chainsaws are extremely hazardous to workers and consumers.
The majority of the injuries involve the hands and lower extremities with about than 10 percent involving injuries to the head and neck regions. The most common hazards associated with chainsaws are injuries caused by tool kickback, pushback, and pull-in.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury and Ohio Product Liability lawyer accepting workplace accident cases nationwide.
Recent Defective Chainsaw Recalls
- In May 2018, more than a million chainsaws sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide were recalled because they continued to run after being shut off, posing a serious injury hazard. The company received at least 15 reports of chainsaws that still operated after the user switched them off, resulting in three laceration injuries. The recall involves two models of 14-inch chainsaws, sold under the following brand names: The Portland, One Stop Garden, and Chicago Electric.
- Around 48,000 Hong Kong Sun Cordless electric chainsaws were recalled in February 2018 because the chain brake guard can fail and allow the chainsaw to continue operating, posing an injury hazard to users.
- Nearly 100,000 STIHL gas-powered chain saws were recalled in February 2017 because the fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.
Injuries Associated with Defective Chainsaw Recalls
Certain safeguards can protect against injury while operating a chain saw, whether it is deemed defective or functions as intended. Safety tips for Ohio workers and consumers include:
- Operate, adjust, and maintain chainsaws according to manufacturer’s instructions
- Properly sharpen chain saw teeth
- Properly lubricate the blade with bar and chain oil.
- Check and adjust the blade tension on the chain to keep it from detaching
- Choose the proper size of chain saw to match the job
- Include safety features such as a chain brake, front and rear hand guards, stop switch, chain catcher and a spark arrester.
- Wear protective equipment, including hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, cut-resistant legwear, and boots which cover the ankle.
- Check around cutting area for possible tripping hazards
- Avoid contact with power lines
- Always cut at waist level or below to ensure that you maintain secure saw control
- Keep bystanders or coworkers at least 150 feet away from anyone felling a tree and 30 feet from anyone operating a chain saw
- If injury occurs, apply direct pressure over site of heavy bleeding
If you or a loved one has suffered a defective chainsaw injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403 in Cincinnati, Ohio. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding chainsaw recalls.