Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by jc1, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    just read this!

    Wood Chipper Accident
    By Associated Press
    4 hours ago

    LOVELAND, Colo. - A man trimming trees was killed after he apparently was pulled into a wood chipper, police said.

    The tree-service employee died Wednesday while he and a co-worker were cutting branches at a Loveland residence, Police Sgt. Rae Bontz said.

    "It appears he was pulled into the chipper," Bontz said. He described the death as an industrial accident but released no other details, saying police were investigating.

    After the accident, the man's partner, who was cutting branches from a bucket on a hydraulic lift, ran to the house where they were working, and a resident called 911. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police did not release either man's name. Police Chief Luke Hecker said the victim was experienced at his work.

    The Larimer County coroner and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also are investigating.
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
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    Posts: 925

    Read one a couple years ago about a guy leaving his new wife to run the chipper while he went somewhere when he got back what was left of her was hanging out of the chipper. It's a quick death but not so quick you can't feel it or realize your going in. The stuff nightmares are made of.
  4. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    it was probably the operator trying to clear a jam in the chipper without shutting it down. accidents like this are ALWAYS preventable.

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