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Accident: 107070.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Chainsaw While In Tree

Accident: 107070.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 07/05/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1327902.01507/06/2018Native Tree Service Llc
At 2:00 p.m. on July 5, 2018, Employee #1 climbed into a tree to trim some limbs . The employee was using a tree climber's saddle and spurs, with tree climber's rope and carbineers system. He was using a chainsaw for trimming the tree limb s. Employee #1 was approximately 30 feet up in the tree. While trimming, the em ployee was struck by the chain saw in his upper right arm, and sustained a large laceration. The three coworkers were unable to get the employee out of the tre e, and emergency services were called. The fire department was able to remove th e employee from the tree approximately 30 minutes after the injury was sustained , but the laceration cut through his right bicep, brachial artery and brachial v ein. Employee #1 bled to death before he could be rescued.
Keywords: artery, chain saw, laceration, lanyard, loss of blood, rope, struck by, tree, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1327902.015 37 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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