......and you think mining was unsafe for all the miners? I will go on the record to say that I've seen rigs like this, and some of the folks operating them were NOT worried about 'normal anything'. They wanted to split wood, load it, deliver it, get cash and do whatever they need to do. I know a concrete truck driver that lost an arm in a mill accident at 16, but because his family all worked there, no lawsuits or even the thought of one. Today he is still one of the best drivers around and grabs you with the 'Capt'n Hook' artificial arm. Ever work with a belt powered saw-rig? A chainsaw is a joy compared to that thrashing machine. Chippers are legend.....especially when they involve 'marital discourse'. Ever see 'FARGO'? If not, you should!
Whatever people can afford to make their lives easier drives the wheels of invention, so I think the user accepts the risks.
Up here, it is 'ice harvest' time and all the antique ice saws are used AND the fast spinning 36" open blades are from the 1920's to 1940's. Guys fall into the lakes(just for kicks)and it will be -15. You guys need to step back and accept things for what they are. Not everyone can afford OR want the OSHA approved version of anything. How many of you have removed the rip guard on the fancy table saws? Ever watch Norm Abrahams? He is a master craftsman and can't see with the guard in place.
BEFORE we get a 97 page diatribe going, I am merely saying "to each his own", and be damned glad everything isn't regulated.....yet. If some folks don't accept responsibility for 'Common Sense" we will have another generation of kids book smart, but dumber than a box of rocks when common sense is required. You cannot exist without some measure of common sense.....witness the last two elections. It is painful to watch.....