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Accident: 100755.015 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Falling Log

Accident: 100755.015 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 11/06/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1275396.01511/06/2017Joseph Turner
At 10:00 a.m. on November 6, 2017, Employees #1, and two coworkers were working to clear trees and brush from the back and side yards of a single family residen ce. During work, there was a red maple tree that was located on the side yard le aning towards a fence. In order to prevent damage to the fence during cutting of the red maple tree, Employee #1 and his coworkers wedged a log, measuring appro ximately 17 feet long and 14 inches in diameter, against the standing tree to ap ply pressure in the direction they intended for the standing tree to fall. The l og, which weighed close to 800 pounds, was elevated at about shoulder height and rested against the red maple tree. As the coworkers stood by, Employee #1 used a Stihl chainsaw (model number: MS 391) to make a conventional notch into the re d maple tree. The red maple tree fell safely away from the fence, but the log t hat was applying pressure struck Employee #1s shoulder and lower back. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries that included a visible bulge in his lower back.
Keywords: chain saw, falling object, struck by, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1275396.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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