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Accident: 200123081 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Tree

Accident: 200123081 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 11/19/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31352459712/02/20090782Beyond Green, Inc.

At approximately 9:25 a.m. on November 19, 2009, Employee #1, an arborist with 20 years of experience, donned his safety gear and ascended the tree to begin cutting the limbs, using a chain saw. His three coworkers started hauling the branches to the chipper that was located 40 feet away. One of the coworkers saw Employee #1 ascending to the next section of the tree and heard a scuffling sound. Employee #1 yelled, but by the time the coworker turned to see what had happened, Employee #1 hit the ground at the base of the tree. Employee #1 had been wearing a saddle harness and using a buck strap while performing the cutting procedures. However, he removed the buck strap to ascend to the next section of the tree, and that is when he fell. He died at the site.

Keywords: lifeline, ppe, chain saw, struck against, limbing, fall, tree trimming, work surface

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313524597 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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