CDPH/FACE: Preventing Wood Chipper Fatalities

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: October 12th, 2011
Topics: Machine Guarding |

Nearly 200 grounds maintenance workers die on the job every year in the United States, many of whom are Latino or Hispanic. This video tells the story of one California groundsman who died when he was thrown against a wood chipper. A fatality investigator, assisted by co-workers who were there during the fatal event, recreates those events, explaining the hazards contributing to the worker’s death and how to avoid them.

Wood chippers are potentially dangerous machines that were involved in the deaths of six workers in the United States in 2010. The video includes prevention recommendations and demonstrations on how to work safely around wood chippers. Tree service and landscaping companies are encouraged to include this video as part of a comprehensive safety training program (English, 3.5 minutes)

The video was produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program in the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health.

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