In Connecticut, a 6-year-old boy trying to help his father with yard work was sucked into a wood chipper and killed. The boy, a first-grader, was feeding a branch into the chipper when it grabbed him.
Wood chippers are common in the US and no license is required to operate one. A typical model can devour a six-inch-thick branch and turn it to dust, its blades rotating at over 1000 rpm. The boy’s father, it was reported by the Associated Press, had only momentarily turned his back.