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Accident: 14547863 - Lodged Tree Fell, Striking And Killing Employee

Accident: 14547863 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 09/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
251961909/24/19852411Timber Fallers, Inc.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FELLING TIMBER ON UNIT 25 OF THE KAKE TRIBAL LOGGING AND TIMBER, INC. LOGGING OPERATION AT KAKE, ALASKA. THE EMPLOYEE FELLED A SMALL (13 INCH DIAMETER) HEMLOCK TREE, WHICH HUNG UP IN A LARGER TREE. BEFORE FELLING THE LARGER TREE THE EMPLOYEE DECIDED TO FELL AND BUCK ANOTHER SMALL TREE. HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BUCKING THIS SMALL TREE WHEN THE ORIGINAL "HUNG-UP" TREE FELL UNEXPECTEDLY, STRIKING HIM ON THE HEAD. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT, ALTHOUGH TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING WITHIN 500 FEET OF THE ACCIDENT SITE. THE NEARBY EMPLOYEES WERE NOT AWARE OF ANY WIND AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.
Keywords: head, tree felling, lodged tree, tree, struck by, logging, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2519619 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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