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Groundsman on tree trimming crew caught in wood chipper - North Carolina.
Moore-PH; Casini-VJ; Castillo-DN
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 98-13, 1999 Feb; :1-6
On May 27, 1998, a 28-year-old-groundsman (the victim) died after he was caught and pulled into a wood chipper. The victim and two co-workers, a foreman and a climber, were cleaning up limbs after pruning a tulip poplar tree behind a townhouse. While the tree climber and the foreman were at the rear of the building gathering loose branches, the victim was positioned near the wood chipper, in the cul-de-sac at the front of the townhouse. When the climber approached the chipper with a load of branches, he noticed the victim's legs sticking out of the chipper's feed chute. He ran to the rear of the residence and notified the foreman. The foreman sent him back to shut down the chipper while he called 911. A local emergency rescue squad responded; however, the victim was dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that to prevent similar incidents in the future, employers should ensure that: Manufacturers recommended safe operating procedures are followed when operating machines, and at least two people trained to operate the safety bar are present and within sight of each other when material is being fed into a wood chipper. Additionally, employers and manufacturers should: Evaluate the applicability of additional engineering controls to wood chippers.
Tree-trimming; Heavy-machinery; Accident-prevention; Wood-chippers; Region-4
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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