VIDEO: The silent, deadly danger of fractal wood burning
April 26, 2022 | 1:53 pm CDT

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In this video, sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners, a doctor of osteopathy describes the silent killer that can be fractal wood burning.

Christopher C. Richardson, DO, is a physician who published a 2020 case study on a patient that suffered extensive injuries due to a fractal wood burning. This is the first full-length article to be published on this type of high-voltage injury. To see the publication, visit.

The reported cases of fractal burning deaths range from hobbyist woodworkers to experienced woodworkers to an electrician with many years of experience working with electricity.

Richardson said that high-voltage transformers carry enormous currents that can kill a person instantaneously. The data, he said, shows a 70 percent mortality rate. "If you were involved in a fractal wood burning accident, or suffer an injury from fractal wood burning, you have a 70 percent chance of dying," said Richardson. "You even have a higher chance of death than being struck by lightning."

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