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Accident: 14477616 - Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14477616 -- Report ID: 0111100 -- Event Date: 07/11/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
94354807/12/19842411Richard Wallingford
EMPLOYEE #1 MADE AN UNDERCUT AND A FELLING CUT ON A 15" DIAMETER SPRUCE TREE. THE TREE DIDN'T FALL & "SET BACK" ON THE STUMP. THE EMPLOYEE DID NOT USE A WEDGE OR FELLING BAR TO CAUSE THE TREE TO FALL, NOR DID HE USE HIS SKIDDER TO PUSH IT DOWN. HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE TREE IN THE INTENDED DIRECTION OF FALL AND BEGAN LIMBING A PREVIOUSLY FELLED MAPLE TREE. THE SPRUCE TREE FELL AND STRUCK THE EMPLOYEE, CAUSING MULTIPLE FRACTURES TO THE CHEST AREA, KILLING HIM. THERE WAS LITTLE IF ANY SUPERVISION AT THE WORK SITE. THERE WERE NO WRITTEN WORK RULES FORBIDDING WORK WITHIN TWO TREE LENGTHS OF A LODGED TREE.
Keywords: chest, fracture, tree felling, tree, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 943548 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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