Be more careful than you think necessary when operating a chainsaw.
My husband and daughter were simply taking down a standing tree that was burned in a wildfire. He is experienced and has cut many trees down with a chainsaw through the years.
Our daughter was behind a nearby tree watching thinking she was in a safe place.
As the tree began to fall it twisted (this has happened once before) and my husband jump clear as the tree came down.
After a time they both came into our house and told me. “We need to go to a doctor.” They were both walking, my husband looked very distressed and my daughter was covered with dirt and leaves.
When they came into the house, here is the story I got.
He said, “I jumped back as the tree was coming down in the wrong place.
When I looked around, our daughter was GONE! I couldn’t see her anywhere.”
She said, “my dog was distracting me as a big branch of the tree I was under was hit by the tree Dad was felling. I looked up right as the tree fell on the branch which broke off and then fell on me. I landed bent over in a hollow in the ground with the branch across the back of my shoulders and the tree on top of it. I was pinned so tightly, I couldn’t breathe. I had to struggle to get my arm out from under me so I could breathe again.”
Neither my husband nor my daughter could move the large branches on top of her. Fortunately, she was in loose, sandy soil, so once she got her arm out from under her, she was able to crawl out from under the branches. She was very lucky that she landed in a hollow in the ground and the branch took the weight of the fallen tree. She felt alright, no broken bones or torn muscles, so we did not immediately go to the doctor until we noticed the extent of the bruising. We felt lucky. It took months to recover from the shock we all felt and the $300 doctor bill, but there was no serious damage.
Be more careful than you think necessary when operating a chainsaw. Accidents are often unexpected.