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Accident: 122319.015 - Worker Trimming Tree Branch Is Killed In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 122319.015 -- Report ID: 0213400 -- Event Date: 12/05/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1449033.01512/05/2019Roseggo General Construction And Landscaping Llc
At 12:25 p.m. on December 5, 2019, an employee was working for a landscaping ser vice. He was at a worksite. He was working from an extension ladder leaned up ag ainst a tree. He was on the southeast side of the tree, the side closest to U.S. Route 1. He was cutting a branch. The branch was 125 to 150 millimeters (5 to 6 inches) in diameter. The branch was connected to a rope. The rope was being hel d by coworkers on the ground. Their intent was to direct the branch away from th e employee as it fell into the yard. Instead, when the cut was completed, the br anch fell toward the employee. The narrative did not specify whether the branch struck the employee or the ladder. The employee fell from the ladder. He sustain ed blunt force trauma to his head and neck as a result of the fall. He was brain dead.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, brain, cutting, extension ladder, fall, falling object, head, ladder, neck, rope, struck by, tree, tree limb, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1449033.015 61 M Fatality Timber cutting and logging occupations

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