The man who died Wednesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper was the owner of the tree service company working at the west Loveland residence where the incident occurred.
Brian Morse, 54, was declared dead at the scene, at a home in the 2300 block of Fountain Drive, after his glove became stuck in the wood chipper and pulled him in.
The Larimer County Coroner's Office identified Morse, owner of Brian's Tree Trimming & Removal Service, using fingerprints. The cause of death was listed as "total morselization." The gloves protected Morse's hands, leaving the fingerprints intact.
The man's co-worker, who was cutting branches on a hydraulic lift, witnessed the accident and ran into the residence for help. A woman living there called 911.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.
Thirty-one people have died on the job from injuries associated with mobile wood chippers from 1992 to 2002, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Friday, December 30, 2005
A guy in Colorado dies in a decidedly "Fargo"-like way. The Coloradoan gives us a new phrase to use:
At least it was quick. Or so we all hope.