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Accident: 14198147 - Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14198147 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 07/09/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482285207/30/19851611United Paving Co. Inc.
SOME EMPLOYEES WERE CUTTING DOWN AND REMOVING TREES TO CLEAR A SITE. THREE EMPLOYEES WERE ATTEMPING TO PUSH A STANDING TREE DOWN BY HAND. THE TREE HAD BEEN BACK CUT WITH A CHAIN SAW, BUT WOULD NOT FALL BECAUSE ANOTHER TREE HAD LODGED IN IT. THE CROWN OF THE LODGED TREE FELL ONTO EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. ONE EMPLOYEE RECEIVED CONTUSIONS TO HIS LEG, BACK AND NECK, AND A CONCUSSION. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE RECEIVED A CONTUSION ON HIS RIGHT SIDE AND THE LOWER BACK. THE EMPLOYEES HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY INSTRUCTED IN THE CORRECT PROCEDURE FOR FELLING LODGED TREES. (IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE USING PROPER MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT, NOT BY HAND.) THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DO ANY WORK UNDER A LODGED TREE. NEITHER OF THE INJURED EMPLOYEES WAS WEARING A HARD HAT.
Keywords: hard hat, tree felling, construction, lodged tree, back, tree, struck by, concussion, contusion, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14822852 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Forestry workers, except logging
2 14822852 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Forestry workers, except logging

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