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Wood chipper causes critical workplace injury to tree trimmer

Owners of landscaping and tree trimming companies in California must ensure that their employees receive adequate training in the operation of dangerous equipment such as chain saws, wood chippers and other powered machines. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, only qualified employees may operate any mechanical or motorized equipment. Frequent safety training sessions can ensure employees remain aware of the workplace injury hazards inherent to their industry.

Cal/OSHA has initiated an investigation into an incident in which a tree trimmer suffered critical injuries. Reportedly, the victim is an employee of a contractor tasked with trimming trees in a neighborhood street in Napa. Under undisclosed circumstances, a 24-year-old man who operated the wood chipper on site suffered severe injuries.

Reportedly, the incident occurred at about 1 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, and the injured worker was rushed to a medical facility. According to a report by the hospital, the man remained in a critical condition throughout the following day. Cal/OSHA arrived to start an investigation to determine the employer's compliance with safety regulations.

The extent or type of the workplace injury suffered by this tree trimmer was not published, but wood chippers have been known to cause life-changing and debilitating injuries. Any California victim of such an accident may need long-term treatment and might be unable to return to work for some time -- if at all. Fortunately, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help with the navigation of benefits claims to obtain the maximum allowed compensation. Along with coverage of medical expenses and lost wages, the compensation may include vocational rehabilitation that could help with securing a new job that will accommodate any disability that might have resulted from a wood chipper accident.

Source: napavalleyregister.com, "Worker still in critical condition in Napa from wood chipper incident", Maria Sestito, Aug. 16, 2017

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