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Accident: 200620565 - Employee Killed When Impaled By Tree Branch

Accident: 200620565 -- Report ID: 0454712 -- Event Date: 03/12/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30248561003/22/19992411Danny Creasy Logging

Employee #1 and two coworkers were engaged in logging operations. One coworker was using a skidder to drag a load, while Employee #1 and the other coworker were about 30 ft apart and using chain saws to fell trees. Employee #1 directed a tree so that it would fall between two other trees. As the tree went down, its branches became caught on those of the standing trees. One approximately 3 in. diameter branch snapped off and fell, impaling Employee #1 through the chest. Both coworkers administered first aid at the scene, but Employee #1 died as a result of his injuries.

Keywords: chest, clearance, tree felling, tree limb, impaled, work rules, caught between, struck by, flying object, logging

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302485610 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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