Avoid A Tragic WoodChipper Accident

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 9/29/2015 to Tree Climbing Gear
Everyone knows that climbing trees is inherently dangerous. From getting shot at to having trees fail due to storm damage we truly need to keep our minds on the job! Between customers telling us to just take that next limb after we are already on the ground to animals in the trees with us, it seems like everything is pinned against us to take our minds off the job.

One thing that should always be on our mind is our rope. Obviously our rope is our life line. The problem is, our life line is usually 120 to 150’ long! That’s a lot of rope to keep an eye on! From nicks from you handsaw to full on cuts with your chainsaw. Handsaws can easily cut through a rope in one swipe from what we showed you with this video.

How many times have you watched your life line get slowly dragged towards the chipper by an unknowing groundsman? As you frantically grab handful after handful of rope and scream at the top of your lungs trying to get the groundies attention.

How many of you have ever had a rope go through a chipper? Not only is it a loss of gear, a pain to clean up, but it is also extremely dangerous and deadly!

Here is a video from the internet showing what can happen when a rope is unintentionally fed into a chipper and what can happen to the climber tied into the other end of that rope. Once the rope is fed into the drum or disk of the chipper there is no stopping it until it’s too late.

Be sure to show this video to your ground guys and your climbers! This is a must see for anyone doing tree work! Stay safe!

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