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Accident: 14443568 - Tree Feller Struck And Killed By Tree Butt

Accident: 14443568 -- Report ID: 0355117 -- Event Date: 12/03/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
334683001/08/19872421D. L. Allen Sawmill
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CUTTING DOWN A POPLAR TREE, 18 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND APPROXMATELY 50 TO 60 FEET TALL. AFTER HE HAD CUT A 9 AND 1/2 INCH NOTCH ON THE LOWER SIDE, HE STARTED TO CUT THE TOP SIDE. (HE WAS WORKING ON A VERY STEEP SLOPE, ABOUT 50 TO 55 DEGREES.) WHEN THE UPPER CUT WAS NEARLY COMPLETED, THE TREE STARTED TO FALL. THE TREE TOP STRUCK ANOTHER TREE, CAUSING THE BUTT OF THE TREE BEING CUT TO KICK BACK TOWARD EMPLOYEE #1. HE WAS STRUCK IN THE LOWER LEFT STOMACH AND KNOCKED TO THE GROUND. HE WAS WORKING ALONE AT THE TIME. THE SKIDDER OPERATOR HAD TAKEN A DRAG TO THE SAWMILL, ABOUT A 30 TO 45 MINUTE ROUND TRIP. WHEN THE SKIDDER OPERATOR RETURNED, HE FOUND EMPLOYEE #1, STILL ALIVE, AND WENT FOR HELP.
Keywords: kick back, abdomen, tree felling, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3346830 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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