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Accident: 14393854 - Employee Killed, Another Injured By Flying Tree Segment

Accident: 14393854 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 08/25/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10342999908/31/19942411Bears Logging Co.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on August 25, 1994, Employees #1 and #2 were felling a cypress tree. Employee #1 was watching for snakes while Employee #2 cut the tree. After completing the felling cut, both employees began retreating in the opposite direction from the way the tree was falling. The cypress tree fell onto the top of a gum tree which bowed to the ground. The cypress tree then rolled off the gum tree, allowing it to spring back up. The top of the gum tree broke off and was launched approximately 25 to 30 feet through the air, striking Employee #1 on the hard hat and neck and Employee #2 on the hand. The force of the gum tree top striking Employee #1 broke his hard hat, fractured his skull, broke his neck, and killed him instantly. Employee #2 suffered a broken wrist.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, skull, tree section, neck, struck by, flying object, logging, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103429999 Non Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 103429999 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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