A horrendous thing happened--keep your climbing rope away from the chipper

Jonny

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Location
Buffalo
That’s terrible, poor guy.
Hopefully they can reattach it. Below the knee is a lot better than above and the article made it sound like he was attended to very quickly.
 

LordFarkwad

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Location
Chatham Co.
Ooof - sounds like it ripped it, eh?

I couldn't get a clear picture of the mechanism of injury from the article - was he tied to the tree and the fight was between the leg w/ rope around it and the gear holding him to the tree? Otherwise, how was he able to resist the pulling action of the chipper without enough force to rip a leg off, unless tied to something stationary?
 

Jehinten

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Location
Evansville
Ooof - sounds like it ripped it, eh?

I couldn't get a clear picture of the mechanism of injury from the article - was he tied to the tree and the fight was between the leg w/ rope around it and the gear holding him to the tree? Otherwise, how was he able to resist the pulling action of the chipper without enough force to rip a leg off, unless tied to something stationary?
It's very fast, probably took his leg off before he knew what had happened.


Have you seen this demonstration?
 

LordFarkwad

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Location
Chatham Co.
It's very fast, probably took his leg off before he knew what had happened.


Have you seen this demonstration?
Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooly crap.

Okay - so, I errantly was thinking of a chipper's wench and feeding speeds - NOT the speed of rope ingress that would ensue once the blades got ahold of the rope. Hooeeee Leeeee Lard. That was hilariously fast.

That being the case, I guess the guy got really lucky only losing a leg.

That is terrifying.
 

evo

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Location
My Island, WA
That’s fucken horrible. I had a green groundie bend over and scoop up a pile of twigs mixed with my climbing line and toss the lot into the chipper. Luckily I saw it, and my line spilled out of the infeed shoot as I was screaming. He didn’t get it, and I had to explain for the third or fourth time what can happen. He got it, and quit the next day.
 

Chaplain242

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Same thing happened ten years ago in my state. Leg behind a branch and rope around lower leg, other end of rope caught in chipper... took off leg before anyone knew anything was wrong.

I am paranoid around green and or inattentive workers for this reason. Last year had my rope tail on the deck three times in 20 minutes. Had to stop working and lecture from up in tree multiple times just like Evo was saying...
 

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