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Accident: 14547939 - Struck In Head By Flying Log End

Accident: 14547939 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 09/09/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1526992109/10/19852411Long Island Development Corporation
ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1985, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KILLED WHEN HE WAS STRUCK IN THE HEAD BY THE END OF A SMALL LOG. THE SMALL LOG WAS 39 FEET, 10 INCHES LONG AND 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER AT THE TOP. IT WAS LYING 10 FEET IN FRONT OF A LARGE TREE TO BE FELLED. A HIGH SPOT WAS HOLDING THE BUTT END OF THE LOG ABOUT 5 FEET OFF THE GROUND. WHEN THE LARGE TREE (44 INCHES IN DIAMETER AT THE STUMP AND ABOUT 180 FEET TALL) WAS FELLED IT STRUCK THE RAISED BUTT END OF THE LOG, FLIPPING IT UP AND SPINNING IT 90 DEGREES. IT FELL BACK ONTO THE STUMP OF THE LARGE TREE, WHICH HAD JUST BEEN FELLED. THE TOP OF THE LOG BROKE OFF AND STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE HEAD, KILLING HIM. THE EMPLOYEE WAS STANDING ABOUT 16 FEET BEHIND THE STUMP WHEN HE WAS STRUCK.
Keywords: head, tree felling, log, tree, struck by, flying object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15269921 Fatality Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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