Wood chippers: The dangers of construction machinery

Wood chippers, which can be used by landscapers or other industry professionals, are particularly dangerous in the winter months, when gloves, scarves, coats and other materials could get stuck and pulled into them. As someone who works around them and has been injured, you’re probably working on a case with your attorney, so you can get workers’ compensation to cover your injuries and lost wages. To help you with your case, you may want to learn about these quick facts from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What you should be aware of is that OSHA does take these accidents very seriously, and there are regulations for using wood chippers at work. If your employer did not comply with those regulations, then you could argue for further compensation. Safety is the primary concern of OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Integrated Management Information System reported that between 1996 and 2005, a total of 39 people were killed while using wood chippers. Shockingly, 78 percent of the fatalities were a result of being caught and even pulled into the chipper itself.

Wood chippers are required to have a quick-stop and reverse feed device for emergencies when they have a mechanical feed control bar installed. So, when you’re feeding in wood using the machinery on board, there should be an emergency stop in the case that you get your clothing stuck in the machinery. Machines that don’t have this but have a mechanical feed are violating OSHA’s regulations along with the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI standard.

Source: United States Department of Labor, “Hazards of Wood Chippers,” accessed Oct. 08, 2015