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Accident: 200921005 - Employee Is Killed When Falling Tree Crushes Excavator Cab

Accident: 200921005 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 09/09/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30564505309/17/20021629Gilbert Construction Co., Inc.

On September 9, 2002, Employee #1 was using a KATO HD 1220 track excavator to remove a 30-inch diameter by 100-foot tall tree. He first removed the soil and roots from around the base of the tree on one side. He was beginning to drive the excavator to the opposite side when the tree fell on the cab of the excavator, crushing it. Employee #1 was killed.

Keywords: fracture, equipment operator, construction, earthmoving equip, crushed, tree, excavator, falling object
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Other $500,000 to $1,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305645053 Fatality Fracture Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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