Man Falls Head-First Into Wood Chipper… Holds Off Grim Reaper With Unexpected Body Part
In what brings back memories of a particularly disgusting scene from the cult classic film “Fargo,” an Oregon man nearly lost his life after being pulled into a wood chipper.
According to The Eugene Register-Guard, the tree trimmer in Leaburg was accidentally pulled head-first into the running machine when his harness ropes became entangled with several tree limbs that were being fed into it.
Amazingly, the doomed man’s foot happened to trip the safety bar on his way into the machine, stopping the spinning blades just in time to save his life.
The unnamed victim did suffer serious wounds to his head, along with a broken leg, resulting in his being transported to the nearby PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he has received treatment for the trauma.
Luckily for the man, he was wearing a helmet when the horrific and almost deadly incident occurred, a detail noted by responding firefighter Matt Brooks that quite likely prevented him from suffering a horrible fate.
Brooks blamed the accident on the fact that the man’s harness and ropes “got fouled up in the tree limbs being chipped.”
Of course, incidents such as these are rare, and while wood chippers can indeed prove dangerous in an accident or to the uninitiated, they are generally considered safe enough for use by those who know what they are doing.
That said, using a harness and ropes and helmets while working off the ground in trees, or on top of a steep-roofed house, is a good practice that typically keeps workers safe — this particular occurrence being the exception rather than the rule.