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Accident: 14203533 - Tree Feller Struck By Falling Tree Which Had Been Lodged

Accident: 14203533 -- Report ID: 1054112 -- Event Date: 09/24/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
310353809/25/19852411John Mustola Dba J M Logging Co
EMPLOYEE #1, A LOGGING EMPLOYEE, FELLED A 65 FOOT ALDER TREE WHICH BECAME LODGED IN A NEARBY MAPLE TREE. HE THEN MOVED AROUND TO THE FRONT OF THE LODGED ALDER AND FELLED A LARGE MAPLE TREE INTO THE ALDER. THE FALLING MAPLE BRUSHED THE ALDER BUT FAILED TO KNOCK IT LOOSE. THE EMPLOYEE, WHO MUST HAVE ASSUMED THAT THE ALDER WAS SECURELY LODGED, BEGAN BUCKING THE FELLED MAPLE TREE. AT THIS TIME THE BRANCH THAT WAS HOLDING THE LODGED ALDER TREE UP BROKE. AS THE TREE FELL ONE OF THE UPPER BRANCHES STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE HEAD, HE DIED OF A FRACTURED SKULL.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, tree limb, lodged tree, tree, struck by, falling object, logging, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3103538 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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