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Accident: 130447.015 - Employee Is Killed When Falling Tree Hits Excavator

Accident: 130447.015 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 10/15/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1498014.01510/16/2020Big M Excavating, Inc.

At 1:00 p.m. on October 15, 2020, Employee #1, employed by a site preparation co nstruction company, was operating an excavator to fell a 40-foot oak tree. He w as working alone and in proximity to overhead power lines. He had received no i nstructions specific to this assignment. As the tree fell, rather than falling away from the excavator, it fell in the direction of the equipment. The tree hi t the top of the excavator cab. Employee #1 was fatally crushed.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, construction, contact, crushed, equipment operator, excavator, falling object, logging, struck by, tree felling, untrained

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1498014.015 40 M Fatality Excavating and loading machine operators

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