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Accident: 14206692 - Employee Struck On Head By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 14206692 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 06/09/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1506600406/11/19862411Ronald D Hongell/Ronald Tommila/Randle L Ward Paul
AT APPROXIMATELY 10:40 AM ON JUNE 9, 1986, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FELLING A 100 FOOT DOUGLAS FIR TREE. AS THE TREE BEGAN TO FALL, EMPLOYEE #1 MOVED AWAY FROM THE STUMP. THE FALLING TREE DISLODGED A FIR LIMB AS IT PULLED AWAY FROM ANOTHER FIR TREE, WHICH WAS ABOUT 110 FEET TALL. THE FALLING LIMB STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE HEAD, KILLING HIM. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE, WORKING ABOUT 500 FEET AWAY, CAME TO INVESTIGATE AFTER HE HAD NOT HEARD EMPLOYEE #1'S CHAIN SAW FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. HE FOUND EMPLOYEE #1, APPARENTLY LIFELESS, LYING AT THE BASE OF THE TREE FROM WHICH THE LIMB HAD FALLEN. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE TRANSPORTED EMPLOYEE #1 TO THE DOUGLAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15066004 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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