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Teenager dies while being dragged into wood chipper on first day of job

By Mason White 3:33 PM December 9, 2015
Jon Crawford 

By: Feng Qian
A business owner said that he was unable to sleep since the day his teenage worker died on the job.

Jon Crawford, the owner of Crawford Tree Service, said: “I have not slept. I am sick from it. I would trade places with that child right now.”

The incident occurred when 19-year-old Mason Scott Cox, was pulled into the wood chipper on his first day of work for the tree cutting company in North Carolina.

Cox was trying to kick a log into the machine in a courtyard in Gaston County on Saturday after 12:30 p.m., when he was pulled into the machine.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said that they do not believe that foul play was involved.

Crawford also said that he was performing a task that was not difficult for a beginner. Cox was working side by side with two experienced employees at the time of the incident.

Mason’s mother Debra Sisk, said that she is devastated over the loss of her beloved son. “I just started screaming when I found out how he died,” she said.

Sisk said that it was his first day on the job and her son did not have any experience with wood chippers.

“I loved him and will miss him dearly,” Sisk said.