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

Public Health Institute
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 08CA005, 2008 Aug; :1-9
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.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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