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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 1434976 - Employee Killed When Struck By Lodged Tree

Accident: 1434976 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 10/09/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10367768810/10/19882411Leslie Cutting Co.
Employee #1, a tree feller, had cut a cedar tree at its base but it became hung up in the limbs of a hemlock tree. He then proceeded to cut down the hemlock while the cedar was still caught in it. He made a face cut in the hemlock and then started the back cut without cleaning out the wood in the face completely. Although there was still a 3 in. thick piece of holding wood, the hemlock went over and the cedar dropped. It struck and killed Employee #1, driving him into the ground. He should not have been underneath the cedar while the hemlock was being cut. The employee should have used another tree to dislodge the cedar or he should have consulted with the bullbuck (supervisor).
Keywords: tree felling, work rules, lodged tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103677688 Fatality Asphyxia Timber cutting and logging occupations

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