Guy Falls Headfirst Into Wood Chipper, Survives Oregon arborist was wearing a helmet, for one thing By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Feb 14, 2016 3:40 PM CST 17 comments Comments A wood chipper sprays debris from a tree into the back of a truck. (AP Photo/The Herald-News, Rob Winner) (Newser) – Tree-cutters and landscapers have suffered horrible deaths by wood chipper—being dragged in, falling in, and getting pulled through the entire machine. Now some relatively good news: An Oregon arborist is expected to live after falling head-first into a wood chipper, the Register-Guard reports. The unidentified worker sustained serious injuries when his harness rope got tangled with tree limbs being dragged into the machine, but his foot triggered the safety bar at the last moment and stopped the chipper, the AP reports. Transported to a hospital in Springfield, Oregon, the 20-something worker suffered a broken left leg and trauma to the back of his head. He also wore a helmet that probably kept him alive, says a firefighter who responded to the scene.