News Suicide and Wood Chippers
posted by May 22 at 12:50 PMon
If you see someone dive head first into a huge wood chipper… is rushing to turn the thing off really the best course of action?
By the time the man dove arm-first into the massive tree chipper—meant to grind 21-inch-diameter trunks in a matter of seconds—Thompson had leapt to the ground. Frantically, he yanked on a safety lever, shutting the machine down.
But it was bad: The man—who had been wandering uncomfortably close to the industrial-grade tree chipper for about 15 to 20 minutes—had his arm and shoulder pulled into the teeth of the machine.
Heavy, block-shaped teeth — meant to grip and pull, rather than grind — were closing upon the man’s head with 13,000 pounds of pressure. His hand may have reached the spinning grinders 3 feet inside.
But he was alive.
Yes, alive. But, says a witness, with one “arm was dangling; his guts were hanging out; his head was cut up.” Maybe turning off the wood chipper, in this instance, was the less humane option.