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Tree trimmer dies when pulled into in a brush chipper.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2001 Apr; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20027260
Abstract
A 33 year-old male tree trimmer died when pulled into a brush chipper at a job site. The decedent was chipping small and medium size tree limbs being piled by other workers around the perimeter of a job site. The decedent was working alone at the brush chipper. Co-workers said they heard a strange noise come from the brush chipper. The supervisor on the job went to investigate, discovered the decedentís remains, and immediately called 911. Although the incident was unwitnessed, police concluded that the victim either lost his balance while feeding material into the chipper or was leaning across the feed table pushing trimmings into the feed chute when his gloves were caught by the feed rollers and he was pulled through the chipper blades. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Ensure that all employees use a long limb, branch, or a push stick to feed small trimmings into the brush chippers. 2. Ensure that all employees stand to the side of the feed table when feeding trimmings into the brush chipper. 3. Designate another employee as a safety watch when trimmings are being fed into the brush chipper.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Equipment-operators
Publication Date
20010419
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-111625
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-00CA010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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