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Accident: 114176.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Tree Section

Accident: 114176.015 -- Report ID: 0355116 -- Event Date: 03/06/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1383148.01503/06/2019Bosserman Logging, Llc.
At 11:30 a.m. on March 6, 2019, Employee #1, a logger, was worker with a coworke r, an equipment operator, felling trees. The two were discussing which tree to t ake out next. The employee decided to cut a popular tree that was uphill, 80 fee t from their location, and began to walk towards it. The equipment operator also began travelling uphill. When the coworker had travelled 50 feet in the Caterpi llar D5HXL series 2 High Track dozer, he struck a maple tree. A dead portion of the maple tree, approximately 14 feet in length, broke approximately 30 feet abo ve the existing grade, and fell from the tree. The tree section struck Employee #1, who was wearing a Stihl hard hat, in the head, killing him.
Keywords: bulldozer, hard hat, head, ppe, struck by, tree, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1383148.015 43 M Fatality Timber cutting and logging occupations

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