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Accident: 14539498 - Employee Crushed By Falling Tree

Accident: 14539498 -- Report ID: 0830100 -- Event Date: 06/13/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
164312106/13/19842411L Peter Larson Co
ON JUNE 13, 1984 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS SAWING RIGHT-OF-WAY LOGS FOR A TEMPORARY ROAD. HE HAD WEDGED A TREE AND HAD MADE THE UNDERCUT. AS THE TREE FELL, ITS TOP STRUCK ANOTHER TREE ABOUT 38 FEET AWAY. THIS CAUSED THE FALLING TREE TO BOW, KICK BACK AND SLIDE ACROSS THE WINDFALL (THE WINDFALL WAS HORIZONTALLY POSITIONED 4 FEET OFF THE GROUND). THE FALLING TREE PINNED EMPLOYEE #1 TO ANOTHER TREE 7 1/2 FEET AWAY, CRUSHING HIS CHEST. EMPLOYEE #1 FAILED TO CLEAR A PATH OF ESCAPE BEFORE HE STARTED TO WORK.
Keywords: chest, tree felling, log, pinned, crushed, tree, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1643121 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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