Teenager killed after being pulled into wood chipper on first day of work

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GASTONIA, N.C. –  A 19-year-old man has died after being pulled 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 he may be able to help his cousin at Crawford’s Tree and Stump Grinding Service.

Saturday was his first day on the job.

Investigators say a tree limb became lodged in the wood chipper and Cox tried to make it go through.

Tragically, the wood chipper 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.

Investigators determined the teen’s death was an accident and no foul play was suspected.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.