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Accident: 170627889 - Employee Decapitated By Chipper Accident

Accident: 170627889 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 01/12/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31457518401/12/20120783Bushwackers Inc
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on January 12, 2012, Employee #1 was killed while feeding brush into a large, commercial-grade wood chipper. Employee #1 and his coworkers, were trimming and chipping brush at a private residence. Employee #1 was operating the chipper and his coworkers were cutting and bundling brush downhill form the chipper. For reasons yet unknown, a small diameter rope passed thru the in feed rollers and became entangled in the chipper drum, while apparently being looped around Emplolyee #1's neck. The force on the rope was so great that Emplloyee #1 was decapitated prior to contacting the in feed rollers.
Keywords: head, chipper, neck, decapitated
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314575184 Fatality Amputation Timber cutting and logging occupations

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