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Man Expected to Survive After Wood Chipper Accident

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A man suffered serious injuries after he was pulled into a wood chipper while on the job in Oregon.

Details about the Wood Chipper Accident

The Register Guard is reporting that an arborist worker was accidentally pulled head first into a wood chipper on Friday afternoon and suffered serious injuries, according to the McKenzie Fire and Rescue. The man is expected to survive his serious injuries.

Apparently, the man’s harness rope had become entangled in the tree limbs that he was feeding into the chopper, which caused him to be yanked into the machine, according to officials.

When the man was pulled in, his leg tripped the safety shut off bar just as his head arrived at the chipper blades.

Emergency crews were called to the 42000 block of Leaburg Drive just after 1 p.m. for the accident.

The man – in his 20s – was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident, which likely helped him survive the ordeal.

The victim’s name has not been released, but it has been said that he did suffer trauma to the back of his head and a broken leg. The victim is expected to survive and to make a full recovery. The man is currently at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

Important Information about Wood Chipper Accidents

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • From 1992-2002, there were a total of 31 deaths that were caused by wood chippers.
  • Of those deaths from 1992-2002, all of them were male with an average age of 35 years old.
  • From 1992-2001, there were a total of 2,042 reported injuries caused by working with wood chippers – an average of 204 reported injuries annually. 

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