wood chipperLEABURG, OR – I rarely post stories with happy endings, but I could not resist telling you all about a man in Oregon who survived being pulled head first into a wood chipper.

We have a slew of wood chipper related deaths reported on this site. Each one of them were horrific and one contained a term made by a medical examiner that I will never forget: total morselization.

But a man trimming trees last Friday beat the odds after he survived being pulled head first into a wood chipper. The man was feeding limbs into the machine when a harness he was wearing became entangled.

Before he was able to untangle himself, he was dragged head first into the wood chipper. However, the lucky son-of-a-bitch was saved from certain death when his leg tripped the safety bar that turned off the machine just as his helmeted head hit the blades.

The unidentified man, described only as being in his 20s, was taken to the hospital to treat a broken leg and a head injury, but he is expected to make a full recovery.…

Mason CoxGASTONIA, NC – It’s been a while since we have had someone die in such a horrible fashion, but 19-year-old Mason Cox got pulled into a wood chipper over the weekend.

It was the teen’s first day working with Crawford Tree Service and he was helping was cut down trees in a yard.

Reports say he may have been trying to kick a tree limb into the wood chipper when he somehow got pulled into the machine.

“The limb must have grabbed a piece of his clothing and took him into the chipper,” said business owner Jon Crawford.

When first responders arrived at the scene, Cox was found dead inside the wood chipper. The teen’s mother said she isn’t angry with Crawford, but questions if her son was being supervised since he had little experience in tree removal.

“It was his first day on this job,” Debra Sisk said.

Crawford said Cox wasn’t performing any tasks too difficult for a beginner and was working side by side with two experienced employees.…

Arizona Wood ChipperCHANDLER, AZ — A man trimming trees at a car dealership was decapitated when he somehow fell headfirst into an industrial wood chipper.

According to the Chandler Police Department, the unidentified man worked for Phoenix Trim-A-Tree LLCA and was part of a small crew trimming trees at Freeway Chevrolet at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

He was reportedly standing on the wood chipper when he suddenly slipped and fell in. To make matters worse, two of the workers with him when it happened were his two sons.

The man’s family arrived on the scene and described the victim to reporters as a happy, family man who took pride in his work and had been employed by the landscaping company for years.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration will probably conduct their own investigation, said Chandler police spokesperson Sgt. Seth Tyler.

If there’s a silver lining to this man’s horrific death, it’s the fact that he went in with his head. I’m sure it was pretty quick. Aside from being eaten alive by an animal, I cannot think of a more terrifying way to die than to get pulled feet first through a goddamn wood chipper.…

wood chipperDAVIE, FL – It’s been awhile since we’ve reported on a wood chipper death, but a man was killed yesterday afternoon after being pulled through one.

At around 4:15 p.m., the landscaper was pulled through a wood chipper as he and two co-workers cleared debris in a residential neighborhood. One resident described seeing one of the workers running down the street after the incident.

“He was obviously extremely distraught, yelling and flailing his arms around, screaming to another co-worker at a nearby fence and collapsed against it, his knees buckled,” said Cheryl Appel.

Police were called but there was little they could do as the poor bastard that goes through one of these machines completely, gets to experience “total morselization.”

“I’ve been in police work 20 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Capt. Dale Engle with Davie police. “It was a gruesome scene.” Police have not officially identified the man and ave not released the name of the man’s employer because family members had not yet been notified.…

Salem, Conn. — It’s been a few months since we’ve had a wood chipper story here at D’D. Sadly, this new one out of Connecticut may be the first one we have featured that involves a child.

Police say 6-year-old Jeffrey Bourgeois was killed Tuesday morning after he was pulled into his father’s wood chipper.

The boy’s father owns a tree removal service and had brought his three children along with him to a home where he doing some tree work.

While the man’s back was turned, his 6-year-old son tried to help his dad by feeding a branch into the chipper. Unfortunately, his arm got stuck and he was pulled inside the machine.

Officials are investigating, but say it appears to be nothing but a tragic accident. Grief counselors will be available at Jeffrey’s school starting today, although school is out this week.

Students started their Spring Break vacation on Monday.

NEVADA CITY, Calif. — It’s been awhile since we’ve had an article regarding someone dying via a wood chipper, but that ends today after a man clearing brush in California was killed after being pulled into one.

Reports are that 50-year-old Martin Lara was feeding branches into an industrial-sized wood chipper when he got tangled in a rope used to bundle branches and was pulled into the machine head first. Other workers heard a loud scream from the 50-year-old man but were unable to do anything to help the father of two.

This poor bastard did not suffer the dreaded “total morselization” seen in other incidents where a person is pulled completely through a wood chipper, but was decapitated and found tangled in the wood chipper’s rotors.

They used to be hard to find, but if you do a quick Google search, you can see what happens to the human body when it has been pulled into one of these machines. It’s pretty much what you’d expect.…

Tampa, Florida — Every now and then, an accidental death comes along that makes me cringe and sends my brain reeling at the level of horror the victim must have endured, even if it was briefly. The death of 44-year-old Miguel Vargas is one of those such deaths and could have been a scene straight out of one of the FINAL DESTINATION films. Vargas has worked with the Dwayne Wilson Tree Service for the last 7 years, the last four of them he has used the wood chipper. On Saturday afternoon he was part of a five man crew trimming trees feeding the chipper, when he got tangled up in a rope that was around some branches. His boss, Dwayne Wilson, told ABC Action News he heard the sound of something other than wood grounding in the chipper which had him hit the emergency stop button. But it was already too late for Vargas. In a very macabre, very short game of tug-of-war, Vargas struggled to free himself from the rope but was no match against the power of the chipper — he was decapitated within seconds.…

Teen Dies After Being Pulled Into Wood Chipper

November 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm by  

POQUOSON, Virginia – It’s been awhile, but we have another horrific story of someone being killed inside a wood chipper. Sometime after 3 p.m. Sunday, 14-year-old Frank Anthony Gornick was working for Old Dominion Tree and Lawn Care Service doing some storm cleanup. He was using a shovel to load limbs into a wood chipper when the shovel got caught in the blades and Gornick was pulled inside the wood chipper. Another co-worker ran over to turn off the machine, but it was too late. The report says he died instantly so I guess that is some type of consolation for his friends and family. This ranks up there in my list of most horrific way to die. Even if this kid was an absolute asshole, which by all accounts he was not, he would not have deserved a death like this. A Facebook Page has been set up in his memory and Poquoson high school and middle school are making grief counselors available to all students. …


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