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New Roads Mayor has a warning about the dangers of chainsaws

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Bert Prather, New Roads Mayor Bert Prather, New Roads Mayor
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Chainsaws are a good tool to have around after a storm like Isaac, especially if you have downed trees in your yard that need removed. Bert Prather's lucky. In all his years of using chainsaws, he's never been injured by one. He says, "Gotta stay away from the blade that's for sure."

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer wasn't so fortunate. "My crew was out working and I decided to help them out." New Roads was without electricity and Myer was helping workers get trees that were blocking access to downed power lines out of the way. Myer recalls what happened.
"I was using a chainsaw and trying to hurry got a my hand."

The saw cut all the way to the bone. Myer has used chainsaws all his life. For him, the injury was a just a freak accident and a painful reminder of just how dangerous chainsaws can be.

In fact, experts recommend people who don't know how to use a chainsaw hire a commercial tree service to help them clean-up trees and limbs that didn't make it through the storm. Prather goes a step further.  "They are serious tools you gotta treat'm serious."

Mayor Robert Myer had surgery Wednesday, spent the night in the hospital and is back on the job.  

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