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Accident: 14349575 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 14349575 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 08/07/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1828400008/08/19952411Garner Logging, Inc.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on August 7, 1995, Employee #1 was felling trees with a chain saw. He had already felled two trees, and felled the third as planned, but he evidently misjudged the hazard of limbs of other trees in the felling path of the third tree. A tree 19 ft from the felled tree had a large limb, approximately 40 ft high, 47 ft long, and 7 in. diameter, in the felling path. This limb broke off at the trunk, fell, and then sprang back, striking Employee #1 as he retreated from the felled tree. He was wearing a hard hat but it offered minimal protection from a limb that size. Employee #1 was struck on the head and killed instantly.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, work rules, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18284000 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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