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A tree trimmer dies when he is pulled into a wood chipper.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2008 Aug; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
20035395
Abstract
A Hispanic male tree trimmer died after he was pulled into a wood chipper while feeding branches into the machine. The victim was part of a two-man crew that was trimming trees along a residential street when the incident occurred. The wood chipper had a built-in safety device called the feed control bar that was located on the top and both sides of the feed chute, however it is not known if it was working at the time of the incident. 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 employees never operate a wood chipper alone. 2. Ensure that all employees stand to the side of the feed table when feeding trimmings into the wood chipper. 3. Ensure that employees are thoroughly trained and tested on the operation of wood chippers. 4. Ensure that a documented inspection report is completed every time a wood chipper is used and kept on file.
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-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Training; Education; Racial-factors; Injury-prevention; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-personnel
Publication Date
20080829
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-110539
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-08CA005; 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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