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Accident: 138893.015 - Employee Is Killed In Chainsaw Accident

Accident: 138893.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 09/05/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1551659.01509/07/2021Ruben Lopez Carmona
At 10:44 a.m. on September 5, 2021, Employee #1, a day laborer, was hired by the gardener who normally worked at this location to help trim palm trees. Employe e #1, using his own climbing spikes and a tree trimming harness, climbed the tre e and used a chainsaw belonging to the gardener to trim the trees. The gardener worked in the back yard of the residence trimming shrubs on the ground, while E mployee #1 was in the front yard trimming the palm trees. At some point while t he gardener was in the backyard, Employee #1 inadvertently severed his neck with the chainsaw resulting in his fatality. The gardener discovered Employee #1 un responsive in the tree and called 911, when he went to the front yard to check o n the work progress. Upon arrival, members of the Carlsbad Fire Department decl ared Employee #1 dead. Employee #1 was contracted specifically to help trim th e palm trees and was not a regular employee of the gardener, who normally works alone. The accident was not witnessed, so it is unknown what caused the chain saw to make contact with Employee #1. Employee #1 suffered a fatal laceration in jury as a result of contact with the chainsaw and his neck area causing him to b leed out.
Keywords: chain saw, laceration, neck, palm tree, tree, tree care, unresponsive
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1551659.015 26 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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