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Accident: 201176765 - Employee'S Forearm Is Amputated By Power Line

Accident: 201176765 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/03/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12582985303/09/20050783Aadams Tree Service Inc

On March 3, 2005, Employee #1, a tree trimmer, was topping a cedar tree that was too close to high voltage power lines. Employee #1 was in the bucket of an aerial device and cut off the tree at approximately 16 ft to 18 ft above the ground. Employee #1 was below the power lines as he cut the tree off. The tree was approximately 42-in. in diameter, where he made the cut. The tree fell approximately 90 degrees from its intended direction of fall. The top portion of the tree that fell was approximately 165 ft tall. It fell across the power lines and struck Employee #1's bucket as it fell to the ground. Employee #1's left forearm was amputated by the power line. He was hospitalized.

Keywords: amputated, forearm, tree, fall, struck by, bucket elevator, tree trimming

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125829853 Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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