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Teen gets dragged into woodchipper on first day of work

Posted at 3:52 PM, Dec 13, 2015

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.