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Accident: 119843.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Branch

Accident: 119843.015 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 09/05/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1430887.01509/06/2019Cummins Enterprises, Inc

At 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 2019, an employee was in the process of cleaning a manhole as part of an overall operation to clear a worksite. A coworker was usin g an excavator to knock down trees. The employee heard the coworker idle down th e excavator and assumed it was safe to approach within 75 feet of the tree felli ng operation. At the same time, the last tree the coworker knocked down struck a second tree that was 15 feet away from the employee. The second tree was knocke d over and a branch struck the employee on the head. The employee received blunt force trauma that killed him.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, cleaning, clearance, excavator, falling object, head, struck by, tree, tree felling, tree limb
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Other   0 0 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1430887.015 31 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing

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