Every job has its own set of risks, and some are more obvious than others. Anyone working on a computer for a living risks developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Likewise, electricians face electrocutions on a daily basis.
For people who work in landscaping, there are several serious hazards they must actively avoid. Trimming trees, for example, can lead to falls if workers are not wearing safety harnesses correctly. In residential areas, tree trimmers also risk touching phone lines and getting electrocuted.
One of the most dangerous pieces of equipment that a worker can use is a wood chipper. People who work around large, industrial machines in factories often benefit from several layers of safety features designed to avoid workplace accidents.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with wood chippers. Landscapers must be near enough to the machine to feed it with branches. Furthermore, the transportation process and heavy use makes them prone to breaking down and malfunctioning.
Man Loses Life in Horrific Workplace Accident While Trimming Trees
Hernan Gutierrez and a coworker were landscaping on a residential street when Gutierrez tripped and became trapped in the wood chipper. Police say the machine pulled his body through the teeth and all the way through the chipper.
Local residents and police were traumatized by the scene, and the police department is encouraging officers to take advantage of counseling services. NBC News reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the workplace accident.
Meanwhile, the police took the wood chipper to a forensics lab for their own investigation. OSHA reports there have been 11 similar accidents in the past 14 years.
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Worker Dies in Construction Vehicle Accident
Driving is one of the most dangerous activities in which Americans engage every single day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were approximately 5,615,000 car accidents in 2012.
As such, any job that exposes workers to a roadway is particularly dangerous. City News reports that a dump truck struck and killed a construction worker who was helping to build a new road. This story serves to remind us that large work trucks are especially hazardous for workers, which is why following all safety regulations is so important.
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