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Accident: 14203046 - Timber Feller Struck And Killed By Log

Accident: 14203046 -- Report ID: 1054111 -- Event Date: 08/21/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
310111008/22/19852411William A Andrus Dba
ON AUGUST 21, 1985, AT APPROXIMATELY 9 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED WHILE FELLING TIMBER FOR THE WILLIAM ANDRUS LOGGING CO. EMPLOYEE #1 FELLED A LARGE FIR TREE (APPROXIMATELY 120 FEET IN LENGTH) DOWN A 75% GRADE. HE WALKED DOWN THE TREE, CUT THE TOP OFF THE TREE AND CAME BACK UP THE HILL TO BUCK A 40 FOOT LOG OFF THE TREE. THIS LEFT A 30 FOOT BUTT LOG ON THE UPPER PART OF THE HILL. THE BUTT LOG WAS LYING ACROSS A COUPLE OF SMALLER LOGS WHERE HE WAS MAKING HIS CUT. IT WAS APPARENT THAT HE HAD MADE AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAR A PATH OF ESCAPE BY CUTTING A SMALL VINE MAPLE. IT IS LIKELY THAT WHEN THE CUT WAS MADE, THE BUTT LOG SLID AND TURNED SIDEWAYS ON THE HILL, STRIKING EMPLOYEE #1 AND KILLING HIM.
Keywords: tree felling, log, struck by, bucking, logging, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3101110 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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