Name of Man Killed When Chainsaw Kicked Back Released

HCSO Humboldt County Sheriff's OfficePress release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in an industrial accident on April 2, 2018 as 29-year-old Edgardo Tirado-Rangel.

According to witnesses on scene, Tirado-Rangel was clearing brush on a rural property near Trinidad using a chainsaw when the tool kicked back at him. Tirado-Rangel sustained fatal injuries.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank crews with CAL FIRE and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for their assistance in this case.

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  • Tragic. And the method of his demise gives me / should give us all pause when working with such a potentially deadly tool!

  • May Mr. Tirado-Rangel’s family find comfort at this very sad time. He was way too young to die.

  • God Bless his family.

  • Chainsawing trees and brush is a lot more complicated and dangerous than it seems. It takes training and a lot of practice to learn how to do it without risking injury or death. Anyone who orders an employee or contract laborer to do chainsaw work should require them to describe their experience with chainsaws, including any books they’ve read or training they received from an expert. If they have none, they should not be asked to do chainsaw work. Anyone who knowingly orders an inexperienced person to do chainsaw work should be thrown in prison.

    • Wow , and how do you learn ? Trial and error . I have been running chainsaws since I was 12 . I learned by doing and warnings from others . It’s all about safety gear . Wear the right gear and know your tool. People who suggest others get thrown in prison for stupid stuff should go take a week vacation in a jail cell and rethink their views

  • unbridled philistine

    I was a timber faller for years never had a kick back get me, close a few times. only dangerous when you get tired or lax in how you operate or hang on to the handle bars. Alot of old cutters get lazy grabbing the bars and stop wrapping their thumb around, Easy too loose control during kick back that way. Horrible way to go I can only imagine!

  • When I was new in Humboldt, I took any odd job I could while I was getting my footing. I was doing some yard work for a family friend, and she handed me a chainsaw to deal with some fallen branches. When I explained that I had never used a chainsaw before in my life, and asked for a little guidance, I was openly laughed at. Mocked. Ridiculed for not being willing to pick up a chainsaw and use it with no experience and no safety equipment and no advice. I refused, but I can imagine other people getting bullied literally to death. Sorry, Edgardo, rest in peace.

  • Always felt the best prevention to prevent kickbacks is excellent physical strength and conditioning. Had many saws kick back but able to wrestle them under control. Always being alert is another key. Sorry to the family

  • M.B.F.M!
    Could it be a “Professional” McCould operating super specialist is freely giving advice about any and all things pertinant to his exclusive perception of reality? (did 1 garner that point of view from the C.C.C. & bongo class & C.O.R.?)
    If 1 had half a nano clue they would get the type of , such as the HUSKAVARNA brand Brushcutter 345 FR and stand up while clearing brush. Then one would not have problems such as kick-back chain saw injuries. ( I know it’s a whole $5 Buckaronies and that extra $2 Bucks can be spent on Farmers Bro’s)
    Could theoretically possibly be used to clear brush around homes in places such as but not limited to Clear Lake ca But never mind that you got playboy bunny pictures on the internet

  • Always be careful while running a chainsaw… Never hold it right in front of you and always keep the control… You should never get “comfortable” using one because that’s when it goes bad! I know I was a landscaper and ran a small one and the small ones are more dangerous…. such a sad thing to happen ..

  • Luckily was taught by a logger at young age. I still enjoy the sound,smell and labor of proper chainsaw work. Have had a few close calls,one being a tree falling on me! “Barber chairs”,wound up branches and kick backs can all be deadly. Knowing your tree and keeping your head on a swivel along with proper saw maintenance can save your life!

  • My prayers go out to his loved ones i llike to say I been runing chain all my life the saw i have now the bar lock is broken after reading this i think im going to take it to the shop and get it fixed i got the dam rackers down on the dam thing thing cuts like butter tho i been sharping saws for 29 years i been cut befor no fun 80 miles from the hospital just sharping the saw is very dangerous i been cut doing that also allways make shur you wher gloves when sharping saws make work alot faster please every one that uses one be careful happy cuting

    • unbridled philistine

      Agreed I run a 066 Magnum Stihl the best way to go for sure. I run a full skip tooth chain so it has terrible kick back all the time! Just got be ready all the time..

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