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Accident: 14254205 - Employee Killed When Struck By Tree

Accident: 14254205 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 09/29/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1851318411/17/19891629Mcconnell Grading
At 10:00 a.m. on September 29, 1989, Employee #1 had just cut a fallen tree, 8.5 inches in diameter by 21 feet tall, at a point 4 feet above the root system. The trunk of the tree was suspended in a horizontal position, about 4 feet off ground, in the bucket of a Caterpillar backhoe. Employee #1 misjudged the hazardous situation and walked between the bucket and the main part of the backhoe to make another cut on the tree trunk. The top of the tree was wedged between standing trees. Tension on the tree trunk caused it to slip over the teeth of the backhoe bucket and strike Employee #1 on left side of the head. This resulted in blunt trauma injury to the head with a basilar skull fracture which caused the employees death.
Keywords: fracture, tree, struck by, concussion, backhoe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18513184 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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