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Man decapitated when wood chipper sucks up rope
Houston Chronicle ^ | January 13, 2012

Posted on 01/13/2012 11:56:44 AM PST by trumandogz

A Northern California tree trimmer has been decapitated after an industrial wood chipper apparently sucked up a rope tangled around his neck.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: woodchipper
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1 posted on 01/13/2012 11:56:47 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Darwin candidate


2 posted on 01/13/2012 11:59:17 AM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: trumandogz

How horrible. Poor man.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 12:00:44 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: trumandogz

I just watched an indie flick “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”. Another great scene with a wood chipper.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 12:00:50 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: trumandogz

I don’t do a lot of wood-chipping but I think I’d try to be aware of ropes around my neck near moving machinery.

Prayers for the victim.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 12:01:29 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: trumandogz

I don’t even like wearing a necktie when I’m making pasta.


6 posted on 01/13/2012 12:02:04 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: trumandogz

I guess Friday the 13th DOES suck for some folks after all.


7 posted on 01/13/2012 12:02:58 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: trumandogz

I know there are days such work can be a chore, but its nothing to lose your head over...


8 posted on 01/13/2012 12:02:58 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Doogle

Rule # 1 when operating a wood chipper: when not put a rope around your neck and let the end get into the input bin.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 12:03:23 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Larry Lucido

I’m always horrified when I read those articles about
“Chef decapitated when tie gets caught in hand cranked
pasta machine.”


10 posted on 01/13/2012 12:04:41 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: trumandogz

We go pancake house now?


11 posted on 01/13/2012 12:04:54 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: trumandogz

Is there really, in any set of circumstances, a time when wrapping a rope around you neck is considered wise thing to do?


12 posted on 01/13/2012 12:05:24 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Larry Lucido
I don’t even like wearing a necktie when I’m making pasta.

I have the same problem making pasta in the nude.
13 posted on 01/13/2012 12:05:39 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: Doogle

Not DOA, but DAOA

Darwin Award on Arrival


14 posted on 01/13/2012 12:07:08 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Larry Lucido

I used to work in a hardwoods sawmill around a real wood chipper. That thing was dangerous even in the best of conditions.

I got a broken rib standing in a “safe” area behind the chipper when an 8 inch cant broke when it hit the blade and spun off the shroud around the mouth of the thing.


15 posted on 01/13/2012 12:07:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: trumandogz

That’s a still shot from the film “Fargo” is it not?


16 posted on 01/13/2012 12:09:39 PM PST by 4Runner
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To: trumandogz

Fargo II - The Beheading ??? You betcha !!!


17 posted on 01/13/2012 12:09:39 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: trumandogz

An extremely hazardous business. Sometimes the tree limbs catch ones legs, and drag them up almost to, or into the machines.

One has to be totally aware of what is going on about themselves, as one minor error can be fatal.

Even those little ten horse chippers such as we use here on the ranch to mulch that which we don’t stack for firewood can be extemely dangerous if one is distracted in the slightest.


18 posted on 01/13/2012 12:10:05 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: trumandogz

Talk about getting yanked off the job! ;-)


19 posted on 01/13/2012 12:10:31 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: trumandogz

don’t take your rope to town son, leave your rope at home.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 12:10:51 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: cripplecreek
Yup. You don't make small mistakes with machinery like that.

Sounds like a quick way to go, but really messy. Glad that I wasn't the one who caught the Ambulance call.

21 posted on 01/13/2012 12:11:17 PM PST by wbill
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To: 1776 Reborn

“Is Ted in the house?”


22 posted on 01/13/2012 12:11:17 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: crosshairs

Wow. Such an image.

Thanks for the midday laugh!


23 posted on 01/13/2012 12:11:30 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: trumandogz

The comments on this thread are horrifying. Tree trimmers are just one more under-appreciated group of physical laborers. It takes expertise, guts and hard work to perform this type of service. When just one oversight or error in judgement can cause death - be thankful for those who do this work for an honest day’s pay in order to feed their families rather than sit on their arses and complain or make fun of those that do.


24 posted on 01/13/2012 12:11:37 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: trumandogz

lotsa time left for this year


25 posted on 01/13/2012 12:11:44 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: 4Runner

It is.


26 posted on 01/13/2012 12:12:34 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

The guy was 50, “Darwin Award” doesn’t seem to have any meaning anymore to people since it just means dead, now.

“Nevada County sheriff’s deputies initially said 50-year-old Martin Lara was feeding brush and was pulled head-first into the wood chipper by the rope.

But coroner’s Sgt. Paul Schmidt tells Sacramento’s KCRA-TV (http://bit.ly/w4SqEP ) that something got caught in the wood chipper and got tangled around Lara’s neck, decapitating him.”


27 posted on 01/13/2012 12:12:58 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: OCCASparky

Actually, this happened yesterday morning.


28 posted on 01/13/2012 12:12:58 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: trumandogz

A few years ago we had a local dentist killed when he was cut into several pieces. His fencing wire got tangled around him and caught in his gas powered post hole digger. It wasn’t quick. I knew him slightly and he was a golfing buddy of my dentist.


29 posted on 01/13/2012 12:14:26 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: massgopguy
"Is Ted in the house?”

No he's outback somewhere....

30 posted on 01/13/2012 12:15:12 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: trumandogz

Did Nikita Khrushchev know anything about mixing ropes and wood chippers together?


31 posted on 01/13/2012 12:20:57 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: wbill

Veteran EMS staff probably joked about it later. Take an EMT class if you like those kinds of stories. I think some of the instructors get off on telling those. Maybe it’s part of the weeding out process.

The best/worse one I heard was about the guy who died in his bathtub. He was there long enough that his body, exceptfor the bones, dissolved. The cops ran outside gagging. The paramedics put on gloves and went fishing in the soup to get all of the bones. They had to get those out first before pulling the plug.

Brings new meaning to the phrase pulling the plug on someone.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 12:23:56 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: cripplecreek
Now THESE are woodchippers! I've been around one like this and one even bigger. With 1000 hp behind them, they'll definitely sling some stuff.

Photobucket

33 posted on 01/13/2012 12:23:56 PM PST by digger48
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To: trumandogz

I hate it when that happens.


34 posted on 01/13/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: sodpoodle

You knew the types of comments this thread would elicit before you even clicked it.

So why are you here?


35 posted on 01/13/2012 12:29:08 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: dfwgator

For your listening pleasure
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=i+fall+to+pieces+country+song&mid=03A7579C7BC332D0F9ED03A7579C7BC332D0F9ED&view=detail&FORM=VIRE5


36 posted on 01/13/2012 12:31:21 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: trumandogz

It happens...

Case Report
Commercial Woodchipper Fatality
http://beersda.law.officelive.com/Documents/Pages%20883-890%20from%20JFI%20Vol%2057-6.pdf
Larimer County Coroner’s Office
Loveland, CO


37 posted on 01/13/2012 12:40:18 PM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: sodpoodle
The comments on this thread are horrifying. Tree trimmers are just one more under-appreciated group of physical laborers. It takes expertise, guts and hard work to perform this type of service. When just one oversight or error in judgement can cause death - be thankful for those who do this work for an honest day’s pay in order to feed their families rather than sit on their arses and complain or make fun of those that do.

Exactly. The comments of those who think they are being "cute" or "funny" by making fun of tragedy are disgusting. How would you like to read such comments if it was your father, son, or husband who was tragically killed?

38 posted on 01/13/2012 12:47:10 PM PST by tjd1454
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To: Doogle
"He was dead when they went to investigate".

No kidding!

39 posted on 01/13/2012 12:51:22 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You know why he is here. He is trolling for people making jokes about the accident so he can look down his snout and berate everyone. People that don’t like dark humour can just KMA. At home my wife has to put up with me laughhing at the movie saw. :-)


40 posted on 01/13/2012 1:02:28 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Hodar

“Is there really, in any set of circumstances, a time when wrapping a rope around you neck is considered wise thing to do?”

Is there really, in any set of circumstances, a time when wrapping ANYTHING around you neck is considered wise thing to do?


41 posted on 01/13/2012 1:17:54 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: tjd1454; Responsibility2nd; plain talk

I clicked on the thread because I recently hired a self-employed tree trimmer to clear my property of fallen & wind damaged trees - from around power lines. After observing how skilled and fearless he performed heart-stopping maneuvers and risky tasks - (as his employee assisted in less difficult work)- he gained my full appreciation for his risky occupation.

He earned his fee and my respect.

If he had suffered such a horrid death - I would be praying for his wife and children - not making fun of his demise. But that’s just me.


42 posted on 01/13/2012 1:19:09 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: plain talk

The Deadliest Thatch?


43 posted on 01/13/2012 1:20:04 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: crosshairs
I have the same problem making pasta in the nude.

And, don't forget...

"Confucius say, nude man should not fry bacon."

44 posted on 01/13/2012 1:20:25 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Is there really, in any set of circumstances, a time when wrapping ANYTHING around you neck is considered wise thing to do?

A tie, on your wedding day. It's symbolic.

45 posted on 01/13/2012 1:21:13 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: sodpoodle
If he had suffered such a horrid death - I would be praying for his wife and children...

...and hiring a good attorney because "all your house are theirs".

46 posted on 01/13/2012 1:28:48 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: trumandogz

A company spokesman said: “Our ‘Koran’ model is generally considered to be safe. We did not expect this to happen.”


47 posted on 01/13/2012 1:29:48 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: moovova

I don’t hire contractors without the proper licenses and insurance & make sure it’s part of the contract for service.

Licensed plumbers, electricians, roofers are all required to carry their own insurance for themselves and their employees.


48 posted on 01/13/2012 1:48:37 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: sodpoodle

No it is not just you. There are lots of people like you that get their panties in a wad when others chortle over darvin award winners. People react to these things differently. Such is life.


49 posted on 01/13/2012 1:49:03 PM PST by plain talk
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To: trumandogz
Been going on a long time, in various guises. I remember as a kid during WWII, hearing about women who were on the production line getting their hair caught in moving machinery. Didn't take long to require scarves or snoods, especially since that hair-over-one-eye hairstyle was made popular by Veronica Lake.


50 posted on 01/13/2012 1:57:07 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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