Tree worker 'doing well' after being cut on neck by chainsaw in Ross

Machine gets impaled in neck of worker felling tree in Ross, just misses carotid artery



Update: James Valentine discusses his ordeal, during which he says he experienced "the worst pain you could ever imagine."

A man who had a chainsaw embedded in his neck while cutting down a tree this afternoon in Ross is out of surgery and "doing well," township police said.

The man appears to have lost control of his chainsaw around 2:30 p.m. while working at 721 Perry Highway, Ross Police Sgt. Benjamin Dripps said, and a coworker was able to bring him safely down from a tree.

Chainsaw victim talks about his ordeal

Chainsaw victim talks about his ordeal

The blade was stuck between the man's collarbone and neck, though emergency medical services were able to disconnect the engine from the chainsaw, he said. Coworkers and first responders were able to control his bleeding, and the man was conscious and talking, Sgt. Dripps said. 

He was accompanied by a doctor as he was transported by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital, with the blade and chain still embedded in his neck and shoulder area, the sergeant said. Doctors there told police the chainsaw did not make contact with major arteries, only muscle.

The man has not been identified. Sgt. Dripps said he was in an Adler Tree Service crane at the time of the accident. Officials of the Gibsonia company were not immediately available for comment.


David Templeton: dtempleton@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1578. First Published March 31, 2014 6:16 PM

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