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Man Loses Arm in Wood Chipper Accident

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Alexandrea Messner2 years ago

A Florida man lost part of his arm on Monday morning after it got caught in a wood chipper.

Details of the Wood Chipper Accident

According to Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman, Art Forgey, the accident occurred when 60-year-old Roberto Serrano of Chiefland was loading tree branches into the clipper and his arm was pulled into the machine.

The New York Times reported that Serrano was able to free himself, but lost his arm from the elbow down.

A nearby ambulance responded to the call and Serrano received a tourniquet to help control the bleeding. He has then transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Wood Chipper Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • During 1992–2002, a total of 31 occupational injury deaths were attributable to mobile chippers.
  • During 1992–2001, an estimated 2,042 injuries resulted from working with chippers, an average of 204 per year.
  • In 1,224 (60%) of the workers, the injuries were to an upper extremity.
  • During 1992–1996, an estimated 155 amputations caused by injuries from chippers occurred.


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