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Accident: 119843.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Branch

Accident: 119843.015 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 09/05/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1430887.01509/06/2019Cummins Enterprises, Inc
At 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 2019, an employee was in the process of cleaning a manhole as part of an overall operation to clear a worksite. A coworker was using an excavator to knock down trees. The employee heard the coworker idle down the excavator and assumed it was safe to approach within 75 feet of the tree felling operation. At the same time, the last tree the coworker knocked down struck a second tree that was 15 feet away from the employee. The second tree was knocked over and a branch struck the employee on the head. The employee received blunt force trauma that killed him.
Keywords: struck by, head, excavator, falling object, clearance, cleaning, blunt force trauma, tree limb, tree felling, tree
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Other   0 0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1430887.015 31 M Fatality Concussion

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