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Accident: 14305114 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14305114 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 09/30/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10367762110/03/19882411Klukwan Forest Products
Employee #1, a tree feller, was cutting a hemlock that measured 24 in. diameter and 65 ft high. The tree barber-chaired, causing the birth end to come back over the stump. An adequate escape path had not been cut, and the tree struck Employee #1, pinning him to the ground and killing him. The face that was cut out of the tree was too small and the falling tree was not guided by wedges as it fell. Sufficient holding wood had not been left across the stump. In addition, Employee #1 felled the tree, which was top heavy on one side because its limbs were lopsided, against its natural hewn.
Keywords: obstructed egress, tree felling, pinned, work rules, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103677621 Fatality Asphyxia Production inspectors, checkers and examiners

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