I'm not the best about wearing PPE but I never climb without a helmet. Just the number of times I've whacked mt helmet with a lanyard snap (mine are steel) is enough to make me remember to put it on before tying in.
I keep glasses around my neck but usually forget to put them on unless I blow a notch and have to watch close while I fix it.
I wear chaps and headgear on the ground but I don't even own steel toed boots.
Working contract it pays to to be good about PPE, I don't want to liable my employers by getting caught without it.
I habitually wear a helmet, safety glasses(I'm blind so wearing glasses is always part of my waking life.)hearing protection and steel toed boots (I worked lots of years in soft toes but once I found properly fitting steel toed there is no reason not to enjoy the extra protection). As for chainsaw protective pants or chaps..... they have there place. That place is not on me while climbing in hot weather.
I hear and agree with you about the discomfort and added stress wearing chaps creates, I work in 34 degrees plus and over 70% humidity for more than half the year (North Queensland Oz) but it just means that our work method has to be adapted with more drinks breaks etc...
I climbed without a helmet the other day. I left it at the morning job. I hated it. I felt so timid moving around the tree. I also use my helmeted head as an attachment point sometimes. I find a helmet actually keeps you cooler as it shades your head.
i definatly make my ground guys wear a helmet, i rarely do, its just my choice, its what i like, when i work with other companies i respect their rules and do as follows but i almost never wear a helmet when working on my own, if i am i must be pretty scared, im all for ppe, especially the personal part
it makes absolutley no sense to me that anybody would work without a helmet, safety glasses and hearing protection.
I won't make a ground cut without leg protection and 99% of my in tree chainsaw cuts I have the pants on. I'll sweat a little more in the summer.
I paid for a nice comfy helemt that I often forget to take off at lunch and have worn it into the gas sation on occasion. there are some really nice chainsaw pants available for less than a dollar a day.
What does the average chainsaw cut cost at the ER? $6,000?
It's not worth the risk of potential long-term damage.