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Accident: 14206437 - Struck By Log Being Yarded

Accident: 14206437 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 06/04/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1507048506/06/19852411Gary L Waggoner Logging Inc
ON JUNE 4, 1985, TWO EMPLOYEES WERE SETTING CHOKERS AT A LOGGING OPERATION LOCATED ELEVEN MILES EAST OF REEDSPORT OREGON. AT APPROXIMATELY 1 PM, THE GRABINSKI LOGGING SYSTEM BEING USED TO LOG DOWNHILL ON A 70% SLOPE RETURNED TO THE BRUSH FOR THE NEXT TURN OF LOGS. THE EMPLOYEES SET THE TWO CHOKERS AND MOVED TO ONE SIDE, WITH THEIR BACKS TO A ROCK BLUFF. THE RIGGING SLINGER, STANDING AND FACING THE TURN, GAVE THE GO-AHEAD SIGNAL. AS THE CHOKERS TIGHTENED THE 35 FOOT LOG IN THE BACK CHOKER SURGED FORWARD AND DOWN THE HILL. THE LOG STRUCK AGAINST THE BUTT END OF A SMALL POLE LYING AGAINST A STUMP. THIS CAUSED THE SMALL END OF THE LOG TO SWING BACK UP THE HILL, STRIKING EMPLOYEE #1 ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HEAD, KILLING HIM.
Keywords: head, yarding, log, work rules, choker setter, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15070485 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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