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Accident: 170618615 - Employee Neck Broken When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 170618615 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 10/21/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12583555310/23/19982411Casavan Contract Cutting

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 21, 1998, Employee #1, of Casavan Contract Cutting, was felling large white fir trees when one tree became lodged in another. He decided to cut down the tree in which the lodged tree was caught. Upon completing the cut, the first tree sat back and fell sideways, while the lodged tree fell directly on Employee #1's head, neck, and shoulders. He sustained multiple injuries, including a broken neck. Employee #1 was administered first aid at the scene and then flown by Life Flight to Washoe Hospital in Reno, NV.

Keywords: fracture, tree felling, work rules, lodged tree, tree, logger, neck, struck by, falling object, logging

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125835553 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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