Saving an Arm and a Leg

As seen in Portable Plants & Equipment, March 2015

New technology increases safety for those working in the wood chipping industry.

When working with hazardous equipment becomes routine, operators tend to get too comfortable. That’s when reaching a couple of inches too far into the infeed chute of a wood chipper could make the difference between a severed limb and a normal workday.

Among the latest wood chipper safety advancements is Morbark’s ChipSafe operator safety shield, a device designed to stop a wood chipper when a worker’s arms or legs reach too far into the infeed chute. The ChipSafe equipment, an option for the 12- to 18-in. capacity models of Morbark’s Beever brush chippers, was designed with a straightforward concept in mind: to guarantee safety for operators.