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Accident: 14443972 - Logging Employee Struck And Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 14443972 -- Report ID: 0355119 -- Event Date: 02/26/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
331664303/03/19872411B & B Logging
AT APPROXIMATELY 7:45 AM ON FEBRUARY 26, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSISTING IN THE MANUAL FELLING OF TREES. HE WAS STANDING APPROXIMATELY 60 FEET TO THE EAST OF A 76 FOOT HIGH TREE TO BE FELLED. THE TREE FELLER NOTCHED AND UNDERCUT THE 14 INCH DIAMETER TREE TRUNK ON THE SOUTH SIDE (INTENDED DIRECTION OF FALL). HE THEN MADE A BACK CUT ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TREE. HOWEVER, THE TREE STARTED TO FALL EAST, TOWARD EMPLOYEE #1. EMPLOYEE #1 IMMEDIATELY RAN ABOUT 15 FEET TO THE NORTH AND HID BEHIND A TREE LOCATED 57 FEET FROM THE TREE FELLER. FOR SOME REASON, EMPLOYEE #1 STUCK HIS HEAD OUT FROM BEHIND THE TREE HE WAS HIDING BEHIND AND WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY THE TRUNK OF THE FALLING TREE.
Keywords: head, tree felling, work rules, tree, struck by, logging, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3316643 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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