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Accident: 170363097 - Employee'S Neck Fractured By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 170363097 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 08/31/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566934109/15/19982411Blazer Logging

Employee #1 was felling a spruce tree in which the upper portion was limb-locked with a hardwood tree up the slope. As Employee #1's tree fell, he stood by the stump, not noticing that a limb was breaking off the hardwood tree. The 10 to 16 ft long by 2 to 4 in. diameter limb struck Employee #1's hard hat and broke his neck. Employee #1 never saw the limb that broke off from the hardwood, and had not observed the limb-locked condition of the two trees.

Keywords: fracture, tree felling, tree limb, work rules, lodged tree, neck, falling object, logging

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125669341 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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