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(Bangor Daily News)   "He was going to let some friends borrow the wood chipper, and he was showing them how to use it and clean it"   (bangordailynews.com) divider line 14
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2013-07-02 11:33:06 AM
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"He had been running wood chippers like that for years and years," Daley said. "He knew what he was doing and how to stay safe. It was just one of those things that happens. It was absolutely a freak accident."

This is not a "freak" accident. It was an entirely preventable one. If he was hit by lightning while chipping wood, THAT would have been an freak thing. This is also what happens when people get overly confident with high-speed machinery; they get careless, ignore the obvious protocols (never mind the warning labels) and get hurt (or killed).

/respect the machinery, because it doesn't give a shiat about you.
2013-07-02 11:31:52 AM
4 votes:
"He had been running wood chippers like that for years and years," Daley said. "He knew what he was doing and how to stay safe. It was just one of those things that happens. It was absolutely a freak accident."

Chapman shut off the machine and went to remove the protective shield from the interior of the chipper when the shield caught on the wheel, which was still spinning, Daley said.


Wut?
2013-07-02 11:28:52 AM
4 votes:

bunner: Yeah, some guy was cleaning a piece of machinery and something that shouldn't have flown off, did and killed him.  What a failure.


The way I read it, he was taking a cover off to clean it. He had shut the machine off but some internal parts were still moving. Those not-yet-at-rest internal parts grabbed the cover and flung it into his chest.

Had he waited a bit for the thing to shut ALL the way down he'd have been fine.
2013-07-02 11:46:47 AM
3 votes:
The blade was still spinning when he attempted to remove the protective shield? That's not a freak accident, that's just dumbass.
2013-07-02 11:34:45 AM
3 votes:

NutWrench: Chapman shut off the machine and went to remove the protective shield from the interior of the chipper when the shield caught on the wheel, which was still spinning, Daley said. The shield struck Chapman's chest, causing a puncture wound.

How is this possible? I'm not an expert on wood chippers but are the shields completely removable? Shouldn't they be on a bracket or a swing-arm that keeps them away from any spinning parts?


Since he was in the process of removing it, it could be that he had already managed to disconnect those features.  He had probably removed it, but dropped it into the wheel and it flew back at him.

The part about waiting until it has come to a complete stop was one of those things he missed in "knowing what he was doing".
2013-07-02 12:39:41 PM
2 votes:
This is the problem with having lots and lots of experience with a dangerous thing. You start subconsciously thinking "If Nightmare Scenario X were going to happen, it would have happened by now." And without really thinking about it, you start skipping that one tedious step that gets in your way every day, because it only matters if Nightmare Scenario X happens, and Nightmare Scenario X will never happen. And you enjoy your work that little bit more, and everyone admires how good you are with that dangerous thing. And then one day Nightmare Scenario X happens, and no one can understand how that could have possibly happened.
2013-07-02 01:10:17 PM
1 votes:

dslknowitall: Going to wait until they are a little older to tell them "always assume the power tool craves your blood".


Any machine does.
2013-07-02 12:31:39 PM
1 votes:
This is why I brought my 5 and 6 year old out into the garage this past weekend and showed them how to use a table saw with a push stick and to wait until the blade stops to grab your cut.

Going to wait until they are a little older to tell them "always assume the power tool craves your blood".
2013-07-02 11:44:49 AM
1 votes:
Y'know, if I'm going to clean out the wood chipper for whatever reason, I'm not only going to wait until it stops making noise, I'm going to pull the lead off of the spark plug before I put my hand anywhere near the bitey part.  That thing's not only going to not be running, there will be no chance of it starting on it's own accord.

I've grown fond of all my body parts over the years.
2013-07-02 11:31:12 AM
1 votes:
Chapman shut off the machine and went to remove the protective shield from the interior of the chipper when the shield caught on the wheel, which was still spinning, Daley said. The shield struck Chapman's chest, causing a puncture wound.

How is this possible? I'm not an expert on wood chippers but are the shields completely removable? Shouldn't they be on a bracket or a swing-arm that keeps them away from any spinning parts?
2013-07-02 11:29:38 AM
1 votes:
Did the friends go ahead and borrow the wood chipper, now that they learned what not to do?
2013-07-02 11:26:25 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, some guy was cleaning a piece of machinery and something that shouldn't have flown off, did and killed him.  What a failure.
2013-07-02 10:43:35 AM
1 votes:
I'm always a little disappointed when freak accidents don't actually involve Siamese Twins.  What if the wood chipper shield had flown of and separated them and they lived, and went on to double their efficiency by each operating their own wood chippers.

Now that would be the feel-good freak accident of the summer.
2013-07-02 09:48:24 AM
1 votes:
"Hey I think you missed a spot down there."
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