Teen gets dragged into woodchipper on first day of work

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NORTH CAROLINA (CNN) — A 19-year-old from North Carolina was killed when he was pulled feet first into a wood chipper on his first day on the job.

According to WSOC, 19-year-old Mason Cox was looking for work when he learned his cousin was looking for help at his local business.

Saturday was the teen’s first day on the job.

Investigators say a tree limb became lodged in the wood chipper and Cox tried to un-lodge when the wood chipper instead pulled him in, killing him instantly.

Jon Crawford, the owner of the business, quickly hit the kill switch and put the machine in reverse, but was too late to save the teen.

Crawford suffered a heart attack at the scene and had to be rushed to the hospital, according to reports.

Investigators determined the teen’s death was an accident.

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8 comments

  • Name Required

    And this is relevant to West Michigan how???
    This is tabloid journalism at its worst, and EVERYONE at Fox17 should be ashamed.
    Taking advantage of a teen’s horrific death in order to sell advertising is social depravity of the highest order.
    You are all scum for even participating in this company’s disgusting behavior.

    • Noah Salakk

      While I agree with the fact that it isn’t “FROM MICHIGAN”, It still hopefully will serve a purpose.. Maybe somebody will read this and realize how dangerous heavy machinery is.. I am aware that most people are trained for this, but there was a FAILURE somewhere along the line.. Whether it was actually because of Lack of training or was simply bravado on the part of the victim, there IS a lesson to be learned here. Either way, I pray for him and his loved ones, may he Rest In Peace. (I hope his employer that suffered a Heart attack will come out OK as well.) ******* If you think that their stories are so worthless, why don’t you go to a different site for your News?

      • Darrin

        I think you may have missed the points being made. Point One was that this is a local news website and should therefore contain only news which is relevant to the local area. This story is neither news nor of local relevance, and therefore shouldn’t be on the site. The rationale and criterion here is exactly the same as you would use to argue that putting porn on disney.com would be inappropriate. It simply is outside the bounds of what the site exists for, even by its own stated standards. This is true for this article and for Fox17’s stated standards as well, so I have to agree with this point completely.
        Point two was a claim that the only reason it was posted was to increase adviews. He didn’t say it in those words, but that is what he meant. Seeing as it has no newsworthiness and no local relevance I am inclined to agree with this point as well, but I think you raise one possible issue which may have merit. If Fox17 posted this article as a public service, to increase public awareness that woodchippers are extremely dangerous and that you shouldn’t jam your foot into one while it is operating, then I think that would be an acceptable reason to post the article. The thing is, media companies don’t care about the fraction of the public too stupid to already know this and who curtail their behavior regarding woodchippers accordingly….until they actually get sucked into one. THEN they care. See, there are no Fox PSA’s out there warning people of the dangers of sticking their fingers in a running blender, bathing with plugged-in appliances, or teasing grizzly bears by sneaking up on them and slapping their rear ends and running away as fast as you can. If Fox actually cared about the safety of imbeciles they would be running these sorts of PSAs all the time. But they don’t. Because they don’t care about people, smart or stupid. They, and all other media outlets, care about one thing only…money. In 2015, that means adviews. So as much as I recognize that your argument would be valid under certain circumstances, those circumstances simply do not exist. So I have to agree with his second point as well.
        As for going to other news outlets if you don’t like this one, there is a much better solution. One which provides a stronger encouragement for news outlets to re-adopt the high standards of professional journalism rather than the low standards of simple advertising and marketing. That solution is called Ad-blockPlus. Continue visiting the site, but block all the ads. Show the media outlets that they are not the ones with the power, and that they are not going to get the public support that they need to be financially viable unless they hold themselves to the highest journalistic standards. Abandon the site completely and their numbers don’t change. X visitors and an X-20% adview rate. Keep visiting the site with AdBlock on and you get X visitors with an X-45% adview rate. Or more, as Adblocking software is becoming more and more ubiquitous, and media sites are becoming more and more desperate. Those numbers are a lot harder to swallow than the first ones, and will effect a greater likelihood that the outlet will change sooner rather than later.

        Sorry this was such a long post, but that is how wrong you were.

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