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Accident: 122339.015 - Employee Incurs Multiple Injuries When Pinned By Tree Limb

Accident: 122339.015 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 07/12/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1415099.01507/12/2019The Tree Company, Llc
At 10:00 a.m. on July 12, 2019, the employee, a qualified arborist, was tasked w ith removing limbs from a tree when an anchor point failed. The employee set the friction rings at the high points, ran the rope through the rings down to the l imb where he was going to cut. One end of the rope was tied off to the branch th at was to be cut. The other end of the rope was wrapped around a port-o-wrap. Th e employee begin to cut the dead branch but instead of being able to lower it to the ground, the cut branch got hang up on the live branch below. The employee b rought the bucket over, under the anchor point, to take the weight off the ropes in hopes of jiggling the tied branch off. The live branch failed, pinning the e mployee in the bucket. The employee was admitted and treated at the hospital for serious injuries including broken ribs, a fractured scapula, creek bone, a cr ack in the lower eye socket and cervical facture.
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Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1415099.015 42 M Hospitalized injury Aerial Lift Operator

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