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Accident: 14444244 - Employee Struck By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 14444244 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 03/21/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1522422304/13/19842411L C Mitchell Logging
ON MARCH 21, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FATALLY INJURED WHILE FELLING TREES. HE WAS USING A HUSKIE SAVANNAH CHAIN SAW WITH A 20 INCH BAR. THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE DEATH OF EMPLOYEE #1 BEGAN WHEN HE CUT DOWN AN OAK TREE WHICH, IN TURN, FELL AGAINST AN ADJOINING, DEAD OAK TREE. THE TOP OF THE DEAD OAK TREE SNAPPED AND FELL INTO A NEIGHBORING PINE TREE. EMPLOYEE #1 THEN PROCEEDED TO CUT DOWN THE PINE TREE. AS THE PINE TREE FELL, THE DEAD OAK LIMB FELL WITH IT. THE OAK LIMB STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 ON THE HEAD, CRUSHING HIS SKULL. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS AN EXPERIENCED LOGGER, AND IT IS NOT KNOWN WHY HE NEGLECTED TO REMOVE THE DEAD OAK LIMB BEFORE BEGINNING.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, chain saw, lodged tree, crushed, logger, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15224223 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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