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Chipper Accident

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nelbuts, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Chippers are nasty little buggers if not treated with the fullest respect.
    I can say I'm glad I wasn't there when it happened.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    that is so sad of a story
  4. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Messages: 0

    I would rather burn then go through a chipper,.....poor guy:angel:
  5. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    Year after year the same story when will people learn. I feel sorry for his family.
  6. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I see these city workers chopping stuff all the time, no safety glasses or face shield, loose clothing and tennis shoes. It's obvious that they have no respect for the equipment and had probably little training for it...sad.

    Saw one guy one day directing the traffic, one eye had a patch over it..wonder how that happened?

    You know that accident devastated not only the family but the workers too.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    If I had an employee and something like that happened I would have to shut down the business. There would be no way that I could look at a chipper again if that happened to an employee of mine.
  8. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288

    same thing happened to my old roomate same exact way
  9. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I've seen some bad accidents in manufacturing, no deaths thankfully but some lost fingers and mangled limbs.
    We had a grinder that worked similar to a chipper, we also had a few injuries on it.
    To teach employees to respect this machine we got a video camera, a 10lb turkey..thawd and pushed it toward the nip point, yanked it in and spit it out..all caught on film in about 5 seconds.

    We showed this at a safety meeting. This is one of many ways to get the message across.

    If you own or operate some dangerous equipment I would suggest you share this news story with your employees.
    Life's too short.
  10. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Its natures way of eliminating the IDIOTS of the world. HOW STUPID do you have to be to climb into a running brush chipper?

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