Teen pulled into wood chipper, dies on first day of work

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GASTONIA, N.C. — Authorities say a 19-year-old North Carolina man was killed after he was pulled into a wood chipper.

Mason Scott

Mason Scott

Officials tell local media outlets that Crawford Tree Service of Belmont was cutting down trees in a yard on Saturday. They say Mason Scott Cox of Gastonia tried to kick a limb into a wood chipper and got pulled in.

Kings Mountain Police say Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cox’s family spoke to WBTV Monday and his mother, Debra Sisk, said the teen had very limited experience in the tree removal industry. She questions whether he was being supervised when the accident happened.

Sisk said she got the phone call about the accident Saturday afternoon.

“I just started screaming when I found out how he died. It’s bad enough that’s he’s gone,” she told WBTV.

Officers say they’ve determined that the death was accidental and that no foul play was involved.