Florida Worker Killed in Wood Chipper Accident
About the Fatal Wood Chipper Accident
Authorities told reporters the accident happened at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Southwest 57th Street near Pine Island Drive in Davie, Fla. A crew of three men was working to clear tree debris when one of the men became caught in a wood chipper.
The body of the man was unidentifiable when emergency services arrived, and the name of the company he worked for has not been released pending notification of the victim’s family.
A witness told the Sun-Sentinel that she saw one worker go running down the street in apparent shock. “He was obviously extremely distraught, yelling and flailing his arms around, screaming,” said resident Cheryl Appel.
The accident is under the investigation but police have said foul play is not suspected. The scene of the accident and immediate area was closed down for about five hours. Authorities said counseling would be made available to the surviving crew members.
Wood Chipper Accident Statistics
A 2004 report on occupational injuries involving wood chippers compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set out to analyze the types of fatal and nonfatal injuries associated with these machines. Between 1992 and 2002, the CDC found 31 fatal injuries and an estimated 2,042 injuries associated with wood chippers.
Of the fatal injuries, the CDC found:
- All of the fatalities were male with an average age at death of 35-years-old.
- 68 percent of fatal injuries were the result of being caught or compressed by the chipper; 29 percent were the result of being struck by the machine or a machine part.
In the case of the nonfatal injuries, the CDC found:
- Nearly half (47 percent) of the injuries were sustained by workers ages 25 to 34.
- 60 percent of the injuries were to an upper extremity.
- 155 injuries resulted in amputation.