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Accident: 14539241 - Chain Saw Kicked Back; Struck Employee In Neck

Accident: 14539241 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 08/09/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1478018308/20/19841623Richardson Contracting Inc
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CUTTING BRUSH AND SMALL TREES AROUND A FENCE ROW, NEAR A POWER LINE RIGHT OF WAY. (THE POWERLINE WAS ABOVE A FARM FENCE). THE FENCE WAS WOVEN WIRE WITH WOOD POSTS. THE EMPLOYEE WAS USING A GASOLINE-POWERED CHAIN SAW WITH A SEVENTEEN INCH CUTTER BAR. THE EMPLOYEE ACCIDENTALLY MADE CONTACT WITH THE FENCE POST APPROXIMATELY FIVE FEET, FOUR INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. THE SAW KICKED BACK, STRIKING EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE NECK. HE LOST CONTROL OF THE SAW, WHICH AGAIN STRUCK THE FENCE POST. THE SAW KICKED BACK A SECOND TIME, CUTTING THE EMPLOYEE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS NECK. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30 PM, AUGUST 9, 1984. DEATH WAS DUE TO LACERATIONS OF THE CAROTID ARTERY AND OTHER ARTERIES IN THE NECK, AND ASSOCIATED HEMORRHAGING.
Keywords: kick back, loss of blood, chain saw, laceration, neck, artery, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14780183 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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