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Accident: 14444087 - Tree Feller Struck And Killed By Limb Which Broke From Tree

Accident: 14444087 -- Report ID: 0355119 -- Event Date: 03/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
331665003/12/19872411Arvin Logging
AT APPROXIMATELY 11 AM ON MARCH 5, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FELLING A RED OAK TREE, 21 INCHES IN DIAMETER AT THE STUMP. THE TREE WAS TO BE FELLED IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION. AS THE TREE FELL, HE STEPPED 8 TO 10 FEET TO THE WEST. THE FALLING TREE STRUCK A "SNAG" APPROXIMATELY 45 FEET TALL, LOCATED 30 FEET TO THE EAST OF THE FALLING TREE. A LIMB, APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET LONG AND 9 INCHES IN DIAMETER, WAS BROKEN FROM THE FALLING TREE AS IT STRUCK THE "SNAG". THE LIMB FELL ON EMPLOYEE #1, STRIKING HIM IN THE ABDOMEN AND KILLING HIM.
Keywords: abdomen, tree felling, tree limb, lodged tree, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3316650 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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