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Old 11-08-04, 11:54 PM
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Warning: Do not clear debris from wood chipper with feet

Man Sucked Into Wood Chipper

A San Jose man was killed when he was sucked into a wood chipper during a landscaping job, police said.

Officer Gina Tepoorten said Miguel Marquez, 19, was working just outside of Novellus Systems around 11 a.m. when some debris got caught in the wood chipper's chute.

Attempting to clear the chute by kicking the wood through, both his feet and legs were pulled into the shredder, Tepoorten said.

Two co-workers were clearing branches from a tree at the time and didn't witness the accident, but pulled Marquez from the wood chipper.

His right leg had been completely severed, according to Tepoorten.

Marquez was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

The California Occupational and Safety Health Administration will initiate a full investigation, Tepoorten said.
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Sorry to hear he died, but those things have warnings ALL over them. You'd have to be an idiot to think jamming your leg in there was a good idea.

Someone call the Darwin awards.

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ouch?
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Originally posted by Birrman54
Sorry to hear he died, but those things have warnings ALL over them. You'd have to be an idiot to think jamming your leg in there was a good idea.

Someone call the Darwin awards.

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Maybe he couldnt read the warning. LOL
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Originally posted by zidane349
Maybe he couldnt read the warning. LOL
The warnings usually come with pics.

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Originally posted by zidane349
ouch?
there's no question about that.
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Re: Warning: Do not clear debris from wood chipper with feet

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An autopsy was scheduled for today.
Exactly what more do they expect to learn? Was there a second wood chipper on the grassy knoll?
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when i worked at a golf course a couple of years ago we had a little earth moving tractor called a bobcat. on the inside there was a little warning sticker that had two words, avoid death. and i did just that every time i used that machine.
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Simplified CAL-OSHA report:

He bought his ticket, he knew what he was getting into. Sole liability lies in the hands of the deceased, case closed.
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Originally posted by Birrman54
Sorry to hear he died, but those things have warnings ALL over them. You'd have to be an idiot to think jamming your leg in there was a good idea.

Someone call the Darwin awards.

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A majority of landscapers in the bay area are Mexicans and speak extremely little or no English at all.
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Originally posted by Myster X
A majority of landscapers in the bay area are Mexicans and speak extremely little or no English at all.
And I wouldn't be surprised if a majority of warning labels are bilingual, and feature rather clear images as well.

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Originally posted by Myster X
A majority of landscapers in the bay area are Mexicans and speak extremely little or no English at all.
Even you can't read at all, let alone read English, sticking your leg into a wood chipper takes a special kind of stupid.
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Originally posted by aintnosin
Even you can't read at all, let alone read English, sticking your leg into a wood chipper takes a special kind of stupid.
Yeah, I would've pushed out the wood with my arm. Using your leg is just idiotic.
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Were you successful?
he's a quick wiry little bastard, but i managed to slip by him every time.
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Do the warning labels actually say not to clear debris with feet? I smell a class action lawsuit.

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Thanks for the heads up (so to speak) - time to watch FARGO again....
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Originally posted by Abelkems
The warnings usually come with pics.

Sometimes, I find those icons harder to understand than words. But that one is exceptionally clear; I know exactly what they are trying to say.
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Originally posted by OldDude
Sometimes, I find those icons harder to understand than words. But that one is exceptionally clear; I know exactly what they are trying to say.
It even mangles a few fingers to give you a better idea of the consequences.
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It does take a special kind of person to have the thought process
"Gee, this wood chipper has a blade that spins at a million miles an hour. And wow, it can take big tree branches and make them into mulch. Let me shove my leg in there to clear a branch withou making sure the power is off and the blade is stopped."

Its all common sense. Same thing where I work. I sometimes have to walk out into a plant environment where all kinds of machinery is moving and working. We had to go through a week of training on safety. Now, some stuff in there was useful, like how to tell when a big piece of machinery is going to be moving around, etc.

But there was a whole bunch of common sense stuff. They had stories of guys that were injured or killed because they tried to clear a jammed machine without following the proper steps.

My whole reaction to it was "if something is jamming a machine, I sure as heck aren't sticking my hand or body in there to clear it."

Do people lose all common sense? Why would you try to put your body parts in moving machinery without making sure the power was off and it was stopped completely?
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It's nice to see natural selection at work.
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Stephen King must be proud.
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A lot of sympathy here I see...


He will probably just get replaced with another person that is just as dumb and the cycle of life will continue.
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Re: Re: Warning: Do not clear debris from wood chipper with feet

Originally posted by aintnosin
Exactly what more do they expect to learn? Was there a second wood chipper on the grassy knoll?
I'm assuming that they want to see if he was drunk or high.

My question is, did he actually clear the jam?

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