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Tree Trimmer Recovering After Chainsaw Accident in Pennsylvania

Tree Trimmer Recovering After Chainsaw Accident in Pennsylvania

(Reuters) – A Pennsylvania tree-trimmer was recovering on Tuesday after an on-the-job accident sent a chainsaw blade several inches into his neck and shoulder, hospital officials said, adding that the man is expected to make a full recovery.

James Valentine, 21, was part of a crew pruning trees on Monday afternoon when his saw suddenly kicked back and the blade sliced into him. His co-workers brought him down from the tree and he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Emergency workers removed the motor of the saw, but left the blade in Valentine’s neck and shoulder to prevent additional blood loss, said Christine Toevs medical director of the trauma ICU at Allegheny General Hospital and the trauma surgeon who operated on him.

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