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Accident: 14541940 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14541940 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 05/24/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10282969405/26/19892411Wayne Rutherford
Employee #1 was felling trees. He cut a 12 in. diameter pine tree and it lodged between two other pine trees. Employee #1 decided to cut one of the trees supporting the lodged tree instead of waiting for the skidder to down the lodged tree. When he severed the supporting tree, both trees fell and the lodged tree struck him. Employee #1 was pinned between the tree and the ground. The skidder operator, who saw what happened, removed the tree and called for help. Employee #1 died of internal bleeding at a hospital several hours later. Employee #1 was wearing a hard hat, chaps, goggles, gloves, and boots.
Keywords: tree felling, pinned, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102829694 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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