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Accident: 201702008 - Employee Is Killed By Piece Of Wood Thrown From Chipper

Accident: 201702008 -- Report ID: 1054115 -- Event Date: 12/16/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30813972412/16/20052621Boise Cascade Llc
At approximately 12:55 p.m. on December 16, 2005, Employee #1 was working at a paper mill. He was attempting to dislodge wood debris that had jammed at the drop chute into a "hog," a wood chipper that got this nickname because of the type of hammers it uses. Employee #1 was using poles and a "picaroon," a metal pike with a hook, to dislodge the debris that formed a barrier that kept the wood from flowing through the hammer hog. A long piece of wood fell down into the hog, and during the grinding process, a piece of wood flew out from the hog opening and struck Employee #1 on the back of the head, fracturing his skull and killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: fracture, head, wood chips, work rules, lockout, point of operation, paper, struck by, flying object, grinding machine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308139724 Fatality Fracture Crushing and grinding machine operators

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