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Accident: 14539431 - Employee Crushed By Falling Tree

Accident: 14539431 -- Report ID: 0830100 -- Event Date: 06/13/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
21770239812/08/19822411L Peter Larson Co
ON JUNE 13, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CUTTING RIGHT-OF-WAY LOGS FOR A TEMPORARY ROAD. HE HAD WEDGED THE TREE HE WAS FELLING AND HAD MADE HIS UNDERCUT. AS THE TREE STARTED TO FALL, IT'S TOP HIT ANOTHER STANDING TREE, APPROXIMATELY 38 FEET AWAY. THIS CAUSED THE FALLING TREE TO BOW AT THE TOP AND KICK BACK, SLIDING ACROSS A SMALL SPRUCE WINDFALL THAT WAS LYING HORIZONTALLY ABOUT 4 FEET OFF THE GROUND.THE FALLING TREE PINNED THE EMPLOYEE AGAINST ANOTHER STANDING TREE ABOUT 7 1/2 FEET AWAY. HIS CHEST WAS CRUSHED. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD NOT CLEARED A WAY OF ESCAPE BEFORE FELLING THE TREE.
Keywords: chest, tree felling, crushed, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 217702398 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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