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Accident: 78449.015 - Employee Is Killed When Caught In Wood Chipping Machine

Accident: 78449.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 07/29/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1081494.01507/30/2015Acadian Enterprises, Inc.

At 2:45 p.m. on July 29, 2015, Employee #1 and a coworker, working for a tree tr imming company, were sent to a residential dwelling site to chip/grind up bush m aterial that a fellow landscaping company had been removing. The wood chipper wa s a Morbark brand, Beever edition, Model Number M18R, with an open drum measurin g 37.75-in by 65-in. The wood chipper was parked in front of the house on the p ublic street and was set to the auto-feed mode. The landscaping company had one worker on site. All three workers were rotating from the back of the house to b ring the bushes to the front of the house and run them through the tree trimming company's wood chipper. Employee #1 brought bushes from the back of the house to the front yard and was running them through the chipper when he was caught by the spinning chipper drum and pulled into the machine. Both the coworker and l andscaping worker were behind the dwelling, wearing hearing protection, and did not hear Employee #1 in distress. Employee #1 sustained fatal injuries and was k illed. Safety devices were present on the wood chipper at the time of the accide nt.

Keywords: brush chipper, caught in, drum, laceration, rotating parts, tree trimming

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1081494.015 28 M Fatality Chipper Operator

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