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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 928168 - Employee Killed In Failure Of Aerial Lift Boom

Accident: 928168 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 02/08/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10967424202/09/19960783Burford'S Tree, Inc.

A tree trimmer was in an aerial lift performing a line-clearance operation. He was in the bucket of the aerial lift about 6.7 meters above the ground, using a pole cutter to trim the trees. As he was adjusting the bucket, the hydraulic cylinder for the lower boom failed when the rod pulled through the locking assembly nut. A total loss of hydraulic fluid caused the extended boom and bucket to free-fall to the ground, killing the employee.

Keywords: boom, equipment failure, hydraulic cylinder, elec utility work, fall, tree trimming, aerial lift

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109674242 Fatality Other Forestry workers, except logging

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