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Accident: 202076857 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Felled Tree

Accident: 202076857 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 09/09/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30938899909/09/20051799Jason L. Brown Grading

At approximately 9:28 a.m. on September 9, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were clearing trees, shrubs and debris from a residential lot. Employee #1 was operating a Caterpillar Hydraulic Excavator with a bucket and grapple attachment installed, Model Number 312, while a coworker operated a chainsaw. The trees to be removed were marked with a red/orange ribbon tied around their trunks. The removal procedure involved Employee #1 using the bucket of the excavator to dig up the roots of the trees and then push them over. Employee #2 would then use the chainsaw to delimb and cut up the felled trees. As Employee #1 was attempting to remove a hickory tree that measured 144-feet tall and 24 inches in diameter, the tree fell on top of the excavator. The excavator's cab was crushed, killing Employee #1.

Keywords: tree felling, tree limb, equipment operator, crushed, excavator, falling object
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 40 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309388999 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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