Man's Whole Body Pulled Through Wood Chipper

It's not clear how worker fell in while landscaping

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2014 8:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – It was, as a witness pointed out, like a scene from a movie, and "horrifying": A landscape worker died yesterday afternoon in Davie, Fla., when he fell into a wood chipper; his entire body was pulled through. "I look outside and I see some piles of blood," the witness tells CBS Miami. Not many other details are available, but OSHA was on the scene since this is considered a work accident. And as far as accidents go, it's a fairly rare one: The agency said there were only 11 wood chipper deaths in the US between 2000 and 2013, NBC Miami reports. The victim had been clearing brush with two other workers at the time.

"I’ve never seen anything like this," says the local police captain. "It’s not something you can just go home and forget about." It was "obvious that the victim was already dead" by the time rescue workers got there, as the AP puts it, and police had to clean the "gruesome" scene and carefully collect the remains, the captain adds. Neither the name of the company nor the worker have been released—last night, three hours after the death, the man still could not be formally identified, the Sun Sentinel notes—but the worker may have been a day laborer. Local 10 says he worked for Tree Techs. (In January, a Washington man somehow survived a trip through a wood chipper.)

Men feed broken tree limbs into a wood chipper in New York's Central Park, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.
Men feed broken tree limbs into a wood chipper in New York's Central Park, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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