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Accident: 4008.015 - Employee Is Killed When Caught In A Portable Wood Chipper

Accident: 4008.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 11/18/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
109246.01511/18/2011Andrew T Jacobs
At 10:15 on November 18, 2011, an employee was feeding small limbs into a wood chipper from an oak tree, which the company was trimming from a residential site. The employee was operating a Vermeer BC 1800 Auto Feed II Wood Chipper. While feeding a Y-shaped branch into the machine, a portion of clothing caught on to the branch. The employee was drawn into the machine and was amputated from head to chest. The machine lacked a bottom-feed stop bar.
Keywords: tree trimming, tree limb, chipper, amputation, caught in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109246.015 52 M Fatality Amputation Laborers, except construction

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