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Accident: 14519763 - Struck By Falling Pine Tree

Accident: 14519763 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 07/10/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10108358207/16/19862411Beaver Creek Logging Co.
EMPLOYEE #1, A SAW OPERATOR, WAS CUTTING TREES AT THE PERKINS FARM OFF LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 67, NEAR CLINTON, LOUISIANA. THE DATE WAS JULY 10, 1986. AT ABOUT 12:45 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CUTTING ON AN 18 TO 20 INCH DIAMETER PINE TREE. HE MADE A CUT ABOUT 12 INCHES DEEP ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE TREE AND THEN MADE A 6 INCH UNDERCUT. HE THEN BEGAN AN OVERCUT ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE TREE ABOUT 2 INCHES ABOVE THE UNDERCUT. THE TREE WAS CUT SO THAT IT WOULD FALL TO THE EAST. HOWEVER, A SUDDEN GUST OF WIND BROKE OFF THE TRUNK AND CAUSED THE PINE TREE TO FALL TO THE REAR AND LODGE IN THE FORK OF A WHITE OAK. THE WEIGHT OF THE PINE TREE BROKE ONE OF THE OAK FORKS. THE PINE TREE THEN ROLLED AND KICKED BACK, STRIKING AND PINNING EMPLOYEE #1 AGAINST THE SOUTH SIDE OF A NEARBY TREE. HE WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD WORKED FOR HIS EMPLOYER FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS. HE WAS AN EXPERIENCED TREE CUTTER.
Keywords: kick back, high wind, tree felling, lodged tree, tree, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101083582 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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