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Accident: 79322.015 - Worker Falls From Tree And Is Killed

Accident: 79322.015 -- Report ID: 0317700 -- Event Date: 09/02/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1089821.01509/04/2015Fade Enterprises Inc.

At 7:00 p.m. on September 2, 2015, an employee was trying to dislodge a chainsaw from a tree branch by jumping onto the branch that was about 80% cut. As the em ployee was trying to dislodge the chainsaw from the branch, he disconnected his harness from the safety rope, jumped onto the branch that was about 80% cut and tied that rope to the chainsaw. The branch failed to completely break off and th e employee decided to turn around and return to one of the trunks to position hi mself. As he turned around, the branch swung upwards and struck the employee ca using him to lose balance. As he was trying to catch his balance, he turned to h is left and forcefully bumped his head against the tree trunk. The employee fell about 40 feet down to the ground. The employee received multiple fatal injuries to his head, lower and upper body extremities, internal organs, and a severed s pinal cord. The employee was killed from the fall.

Keywords: chain saw, fall, fall protection, struck against, tree, tree felling, tree limb, tree trimming

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1089821.015 28 M Fatality

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