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Accident: 136878.015 - Employee Is Killed While Felling Tree

Accident: 136878.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/28/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1540074.01506/29/2021078275055 - Charleston Tree Experts Llc
At 3:15 p.m. on June 28, 2021, an employee was felling a forty foot palmetto tre e when he climbed up the tree and was positioned approximately thirty-two feet a bove ground level. The employee was attached to the tree by a climbing rope and harness, climbing spikes, and a lanyard around the tree approximately six (6) in ches below the area to be cut. Two coworkers were on the ground holding tension on the lowering rope attached through a pulley below the employee lanyard. The e mployee made a cut through the tree with a chainsaw, and lowered the chainsaw vi a an attached rope. The cut tree section was pushed off of the tree trunk. The e ight foot section that was cut swung out and down and struck the lower section o f the tree, causing the tree to break and fall over a neighboring wall. As the t ree fell over the wall, the part of the tree truck that the employee was on inve rted toward the ground. The employee fell off the tree and onto a cobblestone co urtyard head first. The employee suffered extensive head trauma and a large lace ration to the forehead. The employee was transported to a local hospital and pro nounced dead a short time later.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, fall, falling object, head, tree climbing system, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1540074.015 28 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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