I don't post much, but thought this needed shared. Most everyone who has camped or off-roaded has needed a chainsaw at some point. Be it a small trimming saw or a 20"+ bar piece, the need for safety is imperative. I learned my lesson today while cleaning up a large willow that had fallen in our yard with last weeks storms here on the east coast USA. I was using a 20" McCulloch that I put a new chain on this morning. We had already hauled off two dump trailer loads of wood yesterday and one this morning. After a quick water break, we went back at it, moving larger sections of trunk into the trailer before piling brush on top of it. I had cut a larger section up already and was working on getting a section that was across our fence into the neighbors yard free where I could possibly drag it into the yard. Probably 10-12" diameter sections. I finished a cut on a branch and as I was pulling the saw back over the log to go back to work on the trunk, the still running chain tagged me on the knee. At first I wasn't too concerned, thinking "man that was close, gonna have to be careful." I took a step back to shore up my footing for the next cut and noticed my pants were indeed cut, and blood was covering the knee.
I am very lucky that I had been off the throttle and my pants pretty much stopped the chain, but not after it dug in a little. I've heard of many worse cuts and amputations, so I'm very thankful that I basically just got grazed. However, it still took 13 stitches to close it up and cost me a ER visit. Probably put me about a week behind on cleanup work as well. A stupid price to pay considering a set of chaps cost about $60-$80 USD and would have easily prevented this.
Not so terrible, but still a waste of a few days getting to where I can use it again. Here's hoping you never get bit.