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Accident: 14547871 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14547871 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 01/06/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1526377501/07/19872411Norm Aubuchon, Inc.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on January 6, 1987, Employee #1 was helping to set chokers on three logs so they could be yarded to the landing. There were several small saplings located next to the haulback line that had been interfering with setting the chokers, so the rigging slinger signaled to go ahead on the haulback to clear the line. The turn of logs created a deflection in the haulback line that broke a 48 ft tall , 10 in. diameter sapling. It fell, striking Employee #1 on the head and killing him. Employee #1 had been standing 90 ft from the turn of logs and 34 ft from the haulback line.
Keywords: clearance, head, work rules, choker setter, tree, struck by, logging, communication, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15263775 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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