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Accident: 14497002 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Limb

Accident: 14497002 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 07/28/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10678139608/01/19882411Clifton Little Logging
Employee #1 was the only log cutter on a small logging crew. He had eaten lunch and returned to the woods alone to fell a few more trees. The owner and other members of the crew heard his chain saw running and could tell that Employee #1 was cutting. A short while later the skidder operator went looking for enough logs to complete a truck load. As the skidder operator neared the area where Employee #1 was cutting, he observed the chain saw sitting across a small log. He then saw Employee #1 lying face down about 25 feet away. Investigation revealed a knot behind Employee #1's left ear, a bruised neck, and abrasion/contusions of the upper left chest. A limb about 5 in. in diameter and 12 ft long was found at the base of a tree that Employee #1 had cut. The limb apparently had fallen as the tree moved, striking Employee #1 on his head and neck, killing him. The pines in this area had been cut over last year and there were many broken limbs visible among remaining trees.
Keywords: chest, head, tree felling, tree limb, abrasion, neck, struck by, falling object, logging, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106781396 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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