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Accident: 1004423 - Employees Are Injured When Fallen Tree Snaps, Freeing Cable

Accident: 1004423 -- Report ID: 0253620 -- Event Date: 10/16/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12457931910/24/20031611Otsego Co Highway Dept Work Zone
A county highway department tree crew was removing a tree along a roadway. The tree had fallen the previous evening. When the tree fell, it had pulled down communication cable and strand, leaving a cable stretched about 0.6 meters above the ground. The crew supervisor had two employees wrap a log chain around the cable to hold it down while he cut the tree. Those two employees were holding the chain and the communication cable when the tree snapped, freeing the cable and sending the employees flying into the air. Employee #1 sustained bruises, contusions, and abrasions to his head, and Employee #2 fractured one hip or both hips. Both employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, communication cable, unsecured, tree, abrasion, restraining device, hip, tension release, tree trimming, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 124579319 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Other
2 124579319 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Other

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