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Accident: 127809.015 - Employee Incurs Multiple Injuries When Struck By Tree

Accident: 127809.015 -- Report ID: 1032700 -- Event Date: 07/14/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1483586.01507/15/2020Brandon De'Atley Trucking

At 12:30 p.m. on July 14, 2020, an employee was setting the new "road" for the Y arder Sky Wire. After determining the location, the employee prepped his chainsa w and planned his escape route for the tree that would be used to anchor the sky wire. The employee had cut a 135 foot Douglas Fir pine tree. As the tree fell, the employee was attempting to fall to escape. As the tree hit the ground, it ca me into contact with several root wads that were on the ground from a prior fell ing operation for road clearing the year before. The root wad moved an approxima tely 50 foot Madrone tree that was lying under the brush chipper. The Madrone ha d a large V-shaped cut similar to a slingshot. As the arms of the Madrone tree l aunched upward, it struck the employee. The employee was taken, admitted, and tr eated at the hospital. The employee sustained a concussion, laceration on the no se, severe bruising and a fracture of the eye socket, a punctured lung and a bro ken nose.

Keywords: brush chipper, concussion, cut, fracture, laceration, lung, nose, puncture, struck by, tree, tree felling, wire line, yarding

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1483586.015 25 M Hospitalized injury Chainsaw Operator

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