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Accident: 200355212 - Employee'S Hand Is Amputated In Chipper Machine

Accident: 200355212 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 04/18/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31092608404/30/20070783A+ Tree & Crane Service, Inc.
On April 18, 2007, Employee #1 was working with a crew removing trees from a site. The limbs were cut from the trees at a height and then lowered to the ground using a rope. They took the limbs and placed them into a chipper. As the limbs lay on the ground in front of the chipper, Employee #1 coiled a rope around his arm to prevent it from getting tangled. The coworkers picked up the bundle of limbs, and accidently a section of the rope Employee #1 coiled around his arm. When they placed it in the chipper, the rope began to drag Employee #1 into the chipper. He resisted, and it pulled his hand off. He was hospitalized with an amputated arm just below the elbow.
Keywords: amputated, caught by, chipper, tree, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310926084 Hospitalized injury Amputation Forestry workers, except logging

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