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Accident: 97038.015 - Employee'S Right Thigh Is Lacerated By Chain Saw

Accident: 97038.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/05/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1246087.01507/10/2017Ca Dept Of Forestry And Fire Protection

At 2:30 p.m. on July 5, 2017, an employee was assigned to clear brush as a pulle r for the chain saw operator. The employee's normal work duties are assisting th e chain saw operator by clearing brush and other vegetation. The chain saw was a Stihl 24 inch chainsaw. The employee was seriously injured when he lost his balance and straddled the chainsaw. The employee was positioned on top of steep elevated terrain with a 58% grade drop off. Another sawyer / puller team had s tarted their way down the steep grade to clear brush. The chainsaw teams were l eap frogging each other due to the limited working area and the slope of the hil l. There was limited secure footing on the downward sloping ledge and the emplo yee lost his balance falling in the direction of the sloping ground toward the c hain saw operator. He was transported to the hospital and kept on life support until he was pronounced dead.

Keywords: chain saw, laceration

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1246087.015 22 M Fatality Fire Fighter

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