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California FACE Program Action Page - Preventing Wood Chipper Fatalities

The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. 

This video explains how Antonio Barajas, a 33-year-old tree trimmer, was killed when he was thrown against a wood chipper... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again. 

Digital stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. See below for video discussion questions, fact sheets, the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions.

 Wood Chipper Video (3.48 minutes)  Spanish Wood Chipper Video (4.38 minutes)
 View wood chipper video on YouTube  View Spanish wood chipper video on YouTube

Additional Educational Materials         

Wood Chipper Digital Story Discussion Questions

  • What caused Antonio to be thrown against the wood chipper?
  • Have you or someone you know ever faced a similar work hazard?  Please tell us about it.
  • What are some of the different safety precautions that could have been used at Antonio’s jobsite?
  • What needs to be done to identify potential workplace hazards prior to starting a job?

Wood Chipper Fact Sheet (PDF)Opens in new browser window Spanish          

Wood Chipper Fatality Investigation Report Opens in new browser window


To obtain copies of the videos

Download from Vimeo (links below), or order by calling 510-620-5772 or e-mail FACE@cdph.ca.gov.

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Download Wood Chipper Video

Download Spanish Wood Chipper Video











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Last modified on: 4/23/2013 12:21 PM