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Accident: 14568653 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 14568653 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 05/30/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1506448805/31/19842411Frank Lassen Corporation
Employee #1 and a coworker were felling trees. Employee #1, the senior cutter and company owner, instructed the coworker to fell a clump of small trees while he was doing some saw maintenance and filing his saw's chain. The second tree the coworker attempted to fell split and barber-chaired; it fell uncontrolled in the direction of Employee #1, striking and killing him. The causal factors contributing to the accident include Employee #1 was only approximately 70 ft away and thus within reach of the tree to be felled; Employee #1's attention was on his task rather than on the falling tree; the wind made it difficult to fell small timber in a controlled manner; and the cutter was inexperienced.
Keywords: high wind, tree felling, work rules, inexperience, struck by, logging, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15064488 Fatality Other Pharmacists

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