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A groundsman working on a tree trimming crew dies when he is dragged or propelled onto a wood chipper feed table.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 10CA010, 2011 Apr; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20040066
Abstract
A groundsman working on a tree trimming crew died when a climber's rope was pulled into a wood chipper. The rope became tangled in the tree branch the victim was feeding into the wood chipper. As the tree branch entered the chipper, the rope became taut, and the victim was either dragged or knocked onto the feed table, striking his head. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future incidents, tree service companies should: 1. Ensure that cut tree branches are staged and free of obstacles before being fed into wood chippers; and, 2. Assign another employee as a safety watch whenever cut tree branches are being fed into wood chippers.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Landscape-services-workers; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Forestry-workers; Racial-factors; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators
Publication Date
20110426
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-103645
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-10CA010; 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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