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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 limbs. Employee #1 was approximately 30 feet up in the tree. While trimming, the employee 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 tree, and emergency services were called. The fire department was able to remove the employee from the tree approximately 30 minutes after the injury was sustained, but the laceration cut through his right bicep, brachial artery and brachial vein. Employee #1 bled to death before he could be rescued.
Keywords: tree trimming, loss of blood, lanyard, laceration, chain saw, artery, tree, rope, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1327902.015 37 M Fatality Cut/Laceration Laborers, except construction

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