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Accident: 14333306 - Struck By Flying Wood Chipper Cover

Accident: 14333306 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 11/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10638768111/13/19910783Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
An employee of a tree service firm was operating a wood chipper. He went near the cover, which weighed about 36 kilograms and, according to a witness, removed the top pin, which allowed the cover to fly off the chipper. It struck him in the face and mid-section, throwing him away from the chipper and killing him. The bottom pin could not be found nor could anyone state if there was in fact a pin with a cotter pin installed on the bottom hinge.
Keywords: cover, unsecured, torso, cotter pin, chipper, struck by, flying object, face, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106387681 Fatality Other Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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