Tree cutting accident sidelines safety teacher

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2008

NATCHEZ — On Thursday Dale Little was scheduled to conduct an informative class on the importance of safety in chainsaw usage and tree removal in the wake of Gustav.

But an accident on Monday changed those plans and brought the issue of safety back the forefront for Little.

Little, director of the Adams-Union Baptist Association, was cutting a tree when a falling limb caught a rope that was wrapped on his leg.

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The weight of the branch lifted Little and threw him into the trunk of the tree where he broke his pelvis in three places.

“I didn’t stop to look things over,” he said from his room at Natchez Regional Medical Center.

But Little said his accident won’t cause the cancellation of the class, which is hosted by the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Little said the class is particularly relevant now since so many people are still using chainsaws to clean out tree debris from the hurricane.

“Safety is extremely important,” he said.

The class is free and will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Highland Baptist Church.

Those interested in the class should register at 601-442-5339.

Adam Koob