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Accident: 202289146 - Employee Killed When Caught By Chipper

Accident: 202289146 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 01/12/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10921119301/12/19990783Farrens Tree Surgeons, Inc.
Employee #1 was a groundsman, and at the time of the accident his job was to feed the cut brush and branches into the Woodchuck Chipper. Other employees in the work crew heard Employee #1 give out a scream. The closest coworker to Employee #1 ran over and saw that Employee #1 was being pulled into the chipper feet first. The coworker got to the chipper and pushed the directional control arm forward to stop the in-feed motion, and then he turned off the ignition key to shut down the chipper. Employee #1 sustained extensive serious injuries and he died at the scene. Employee interviews indicated that Employee #1 attempted to feed some of the brush into the feed chute with his foot, and the brush caught his foot and pulled him into the machine.
Keywords: brush chipper, amputated, caught by, laceration, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109211193 Fatality Amputation Occupation not reported

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