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Accident: 200052041 - Employee Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 200052041 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 05/15/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30601653605/15/20031629Legrande Excavating, Inc.

On May 15, 2003, Employee #1 was using an excavator to fell trees at a highway widening project. To conduct this operation, he would sever the root structure of the tree by digging trenches around the tree, and then use the boom of the excavator to push the tree over. The area was on the southwest edge of a creek bed and had received several inches of rain the previous week. While digging the last trench around a tree approximately 200-ft-tall and over 5-ft in diameter at its base, the tree fell over onto the excavator. Employee #1 was found approximately 30 to 40 minutes later by a state inspector, dead inside the crushed excavator cab.

Keywords: tree felling, tree, excavator
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306016536 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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