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It may be of interest to a few of you that the number one OSHA recommendation to prevent these gruesome woodchipper fatalities from happening again and again?

 

A two man minimum rule for operating large woodchippers!

 

But the so called safety experts at TCIA, namely Peter Gerstenberger, are against adopting OSHA's recommendation, regardless of how many treeworkers get dismembered in this cruel and unusual form of death on the job.

 

I believe this makes 56 dead groundies via woodchipper operations to date.

 

If you give a hoot bout groundies dyin alone in this manner?

 

Give Peter a call. Adopt your own two man minimum rule for chippers over 12 inch capacity.

 

Look for the next issue of TCIA to give another lame wood chipper safety pep talk, yet allow this untenable situation to continue on unabated till who knows when?

 

How many more dismembered treeworkers before you feel inclined to do your job Peter?

 

50 more? 100?

 

Jomoco

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It may be of interest to a few of you that the number one OSHA recommendation to prevent these gruesome woodchipper fatalities from happening again and again?

 

A two man minimum rule for operating large woodchippers!

 

But the so called safety experts at TCIA, namely Peter Gerstenberger, are against adopting OSHA's recommendation, regardless of how many treeworkers get dismembered in this cruel and unusual form of death on the job.

 

I believe this makes 56 dead groundies via woodchipper operations to date.

 

If you give a hoot bout groundies dyin alone in this manner?

 

Give Peter a call. Adopt your own two man minimum rule for chippers over 12 inch capacity.

 

Look for the next issue of TCIA to give another lame wood chipper safety pep talk, yet allow this untenable situation to continue on unabated till who knows when?

 

How many more dismembered treeworkers before you feel inclined to do your job Peter?

 

50 more? 100?

 

Jomoco

 

Any idea why the TCIA are against the Two man minimum rule?

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Oh yeah, and it's the dirtiest little industry secret Peter and the good ole boys have.

 

Yu see, as long as the chipper mfr can claim whoever was feeding their chipper was not following safe operating procedures? Then their liability is limited.

 

Care to guess how much ad revenue TCIA rakes in each month from Morbark, Vermeer etc?

 

To this day, Peter insists that solo operation of a WTC is just fine and dandy by him and TCIA.

 

Climbers workin solo performing dangerous tasks? Oh no, they'll write rules against that! Create aerial rescue events and practice them assiduously to keep the precious mistake prone climber as safe as possible on the job!

 

But groundies feedin WTC's solo?

 

Most embarrassing aspect of this biz IMO.

 

Industry sanctioned death on the job for mistake prone groundies.

 

Jomoco

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I don't think he wanted to be there,:001_rolleyes: it says he was dragged in.

 

Lol

V sad.

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What a horrible accident, no words can convey the pain his family must have gone through whoever is deemed to be responsible. My deepest condolences to them.

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It's potentially very easy to get dragged into a big chipper.

16-24" chippers are standard in the US and they regard a 12" as a pedestrian machine.

Terrible situation.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Arbtalk mobile app.

 

It looks like our 24" Morbark, if it is they are not littered with safety stops like modern EU chippers or at least ours wasn`t. With a 220hp 6 pot turbo Cummins on a rev it would make very short work of a guy. Still cant work out how he got pulled in.

 

Bob

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