An orchard caretaker dies when he is pulled into a wood chipper.
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 10CA011, 2011 Sep; :1-11
An orchard caretaker was pulled into a wood chipper after he used his foot to push cut brush and branches into the machine. The wood chipper was not equipped with a feed table that could prevent contact with moving blades. The victim had never received any formal training on how to use a wood chipper safely. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future incidents, operators of wood chippers should: 1. Ensure that wood chippers are equipped with safety devices to prevent injury from moving chipper blades. 2. Receive training in and ensure implementation of safe operating practices. 3. Ensure that wood chippers are never operated alone.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Landscape-services-workers; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Training; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Engineering-controls
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute