A groundsman working on a tree trimming crew dies when he is dragged or propelled onto a wood chipper feed table.
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
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.
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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute