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Man Dies In Wood Chipper

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PYMLscape, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. PYMLscape

    PYMLscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Jeremiah Sanders, the owner of a tree service in Wisconsin, died when he tried to dislodge a log from his wood chipper, using his foot.

    His co-workers tried to reverse the machine with the safety bar, but it failed to engage.

    The man whose house he was working at said that he was pulled in and through in a matter of twenty seconds!

    He had just started up the business, and was using borrowed equipment.

    He left behind two daughters and had another child on the way.

    That should be a good reminder of SAFETY FIRST!!!
  2. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,873

    A good argument for not losing ones fear of power equipment which can kill you if operated carelessly. Very sad news.
  3. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    The images flashing in my mind are gruesome after reading this.I see you said the guy was a start up, that fact is obvious. Sad and completely avoidable.
  4. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    Sad. But nothing new to me. A son (18 years old grew up around this stuff since he was 1) who worked for his dad got his arm stuck in the roller and it got all screwed up. He couldn't do anything for a year. Nows he back to normal though, good friend of mine. Many, many other stories I have heard. Worker doesn't look and rope gets caught into chipper, pulls climber out.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I agree with the general consensus here, sad but I doubt somehow that we're talking about a machine malfunction, here it is some guy sticking his body parts into a machine that chews hard wood with steel teeth for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between.

    Safety Messages and Signs
    Manufacturers put important safety messages on each piece of
    equipment and in the operator’s manual. It is critical to read,
    understand and follow all safety messages.

    Translation: READ and BELIEVE all of the SIGNS!

    Many safety messages use the words Caution, Warning and Danger
    to get your attention.

    CAUTION means you need to be careful. Follow the directions on
    the sign or you could get hurt. Example: Wear Hearing protection.

    WARNING is more serious and means you need to follow the
    directions on the sign or you could be badly hurt or killed.

    DANGER is the most serious safety message. READ and BELIEVE that if you
    don’t follow the directions, you WILL be seriously injured or killed.
    Example: DANGER !

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    respect the machine
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    God that is a terrible thing to hear
  8. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    I am picturing using an old hand crank grinder to make suasage and hamburger with my grandfather. He was always on my azz when pushing the meat into the grinder. Very sad story. Our hearts go out to Mr. Sanders family!
  9. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    Sure is. I feel so sorry for his kids.....Thoughts and prayers go out to the family
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Ugh, it's gruesome to hear something like that. However, not smart to get body parts near a chipper.

    I pray he passed out quickly.

    Remember, safety first! A chipper is NOT something to take lightly, ever.

    Anyone know the name of the company, and where they were located?

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