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Accident: 86529.015 - Employee Struck In The Head By A Tree Is Killed

Accident: 86529.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/18/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1151101.01505/19/2016162970193 - Cl Godbolt Land Clearing

At 12:44 p.m. on May 18, 2016, a crew of two employees of a land clearing contra ctor were removing large pine trees and brush from a recently purchased lot, mea suring less than one acre. Employee #1 was responsible for using a chainsaw and trimming the branches off trees that had been taken down. Trees were being broug ht down with a Caterpillar E120B, serial number 7NF03814, yellow excavator. The owner (Employee #2) was lowering the tree with the bucket and thumb of the excav ator until it reached approximately 10 feet from the ground. Once the tree drop ped, Employee #1 was struck in the head by a branch approximately four inches in diameter. The branch was attached to a pine tree that was approximately 80 feet by 41.5 inches wide. A part of the branch impaled Employee #1 in the side of the head. Employee #2 did not notice Employee #1 under the tree until moments after it dropped. Employee #1 was last seen standing approximately 34 feet away from where the tree dropped. Employee #1 died upon arrival to the hospital from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest resulted from a sunken skull fracture to the righ t frontal skull bone as well as a broken left leg and right wrist.

Keywords: fracture, skull, struck by, tree felling, tree trimming

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1151101.015 38 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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