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Accident: 201076155 - Employee Is Struck By Forks, Fractures Ribs

Accident: 201076155 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 09/14/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31268478011/18/20101623L H Woods & Sons Inc

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on September 14, 2009, Employee #1, of L H Woods & Sons Incorporated, was working with a coworker and were adjusting nylon straps that were being used as a sling to hoist a tree out of the ground. A Caterpillar TL 1255 Telehandler was being used to lift the tree. The tree suddenly broke free of its root ball. It recoiled, which caused the boom of the Telehandler to bounce and dislodge the fork attachments. They had not been locked into place with the coupling mechanism. As a result, the forks dropped from the Telehandler and the tree fell to the ground, striking Employee #1 in the back. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of four fractured ribs he suffered from this incident.

Keywords: fracture, tree stumping, hoist, industrial truck, tree, rib, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Other Under $50,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312684780 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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