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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14565667 - Caught Between Tree And Falling Palm Fronds.

Accident: 14565667 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 11/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
256998611/26/19850783Lower Sondran Desert Palm Tree Service
ON NOVEMBER 23, 1985 AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS IN THE PROCESS OF PRUNING AND TRIMMING A PALM TREE. HE WAS AT AN ELEVATION OF APPROXIMATELY 40 FEET, USING A SAFETY BELT THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THE TREE, AND HE HAD CLIMBING SPIKES ON HIS SHOES. HE WAS UNDER A BUNCH OF ROTTED AND DRIED-UP PALM FRONDS THAT WERE NOT WELL SECURED TO THE TREE. APPARENTLY, HIS ACTIVITY AROUND THESE FRONDS CAUSED SEVERAL HUNDRED POUNDS OF FRONDS TO COLLAPSE AROUND HIM AND PIN HIM IN A BACKWARD POSITION TO THE TREE. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FREED HIM IN ABOUT 22 MINUTES AND TRANSPORTED HIM TO THE TUCSON MEDICAL CENTER. AT APPROXIMATELY 6:00 PM EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF CARDIAC ARREST, APPARENTLY CAUSED BY THE ACCIDENT.
Keywords: collapse, palm tree, pinned, safety belt, cardiac arrest, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2569986 Fatality Other Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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