Skip to comments.Man decapitated when wood chipper sucks up rope
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.
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How horrible. Poor man.
I just watched an indie flick “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”. Another great scene with a wood chipper.
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.
I don’t even like wearing a necktie when I’m making pasta.
I guess Friday the 13th DOES suck for some folks after all.
I know there are days such work can be a chore, but its nothing to lose your head over...
Rule # 1 when operating a wood chipper: when not put a rope around your neck and let the end get into the input bin.
I’m always horrified when I read those articles about
“Chef decapitated when tie gets caught in hand cranked
We go pancake house now?
Is there really, in any set of circumstances, a time when wrapping a rope around you neck is considered wise thing to do?
Not DOA, but DAOA
Darwin Award on Arrival
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.
That’s a still shot from the film “Fargo” is it not?
Fargo II - The Beheading ??? You betcha !!!
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.
Talk about getting yanked off the job! ;-)
don’t take your rope to town son, leave your rope at home.
Sounds like a quick way to go, but really messy. Glad that I wasn't the one who caught the Ambulance call.
“Is Ted in the house?”
Wow. Such an image.
Thanks for the midday laugh!
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.
lotsa time left for this year
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.”
Actually, this happened yesterday morning.
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.
No he's outback somewhere....
Did Nikita Khrushchev know anything about mixing ropes and wood chippers together?
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.
I hate it when that happens.
You knew the types of comments this thread would elicit before you even clicked it.
So why are you here?
Commercial Woodchipper Fatality
Larimer County Coroners Office
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?
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. :-)
“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?
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.
The Deadliest Thatch?
And, don't forget...
"Confucius say, nude man should not fry bacon."
A tie, on your wedding day. It's symbolic.
...and hiring a good attorney because "all your house are theirs".
A company spokesman said: “Our ‘Koran’ model is generally considered to be safe. We did not expect this to happen.”
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.
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.