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Accident: 14543037 - Struck In Head By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 14543037 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 02/21/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
120220902/22/19852411J.R. Richardson Pulpwood Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FELLING TREES. ONE TREE TOOK AN UNEXPECTED TWIST AND STRUCK THE LIMB OF A NEARBY TREE. THE STRUCK LIMB BROKE OFF AND FELL 45 FEET VERTICALLY AND 25 FEET HORIZONTALLY TOWARD EMPLOYEE #1. ALTHOUGH EMPLOYEE #1 HAD RETREATED ABOUT 14 FEET FROM THE TREE STUMP, HE WAS UNABLE TO AVOID THE FALLING LIMB, WHICH STRUCK HIM IN THE HEAD BELOW HIS HARD HAT, KILLING HIM. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WEARING GOGGLES. HE HAD DONE THE SAME WORK FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER FOR 31 YEARS.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1202209 Fatality Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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