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Accident: 14557615 - Employee Killed When Struck By Log Being Skidded Uphill

Accident: 14557615 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 08/30/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10204139910/28/19852421White Sands Forest Products
A logging crew of four employees was skidding logs up a hill with a slope of approximately 45 percent. They were using a Link Belt #98 crane as a cable yarder, with a skyline to lift the logs and a mainline to pull the logs uphill. Employee #1 was setting chokers on one side of the 15 ft wide cleared corridor, and a coworker was setting chokers on the other side. A radio bug was used to signal the crane operator. Employee #1 signaled to have his logs skidded up the corridor. The crane operator sent down a message for him to clear the area for the lift. When the lift was complete, the crane operator signaled Employee #1 but received no answer. The message was sent two more times but Employee #1 did not signal or show up. The second choker setter found Employee #1 lying on the ground, bleeding from his head. He was killed. Evidence at the scene indicated that Employee #1 had not gotten clear when signaled to do so, and that a log had caught on its own stump, raised up, swung over, and struck him on the left side.
Keywords: head, tree skidding, log, work rules, choker setter, skidder, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102041399 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Timber cutting and logging occupations

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