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Accident: 170000707 - Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree Snag

Accident: 170000707 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 01/07/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11131532101/08/19931629D & M Contracting Inc
At approximately 4:10 p.m. on January 7, 1993, Employee #1 was standing by a 1/2 inch lowering line that was wrapped around a tree and observing tree top removal by a fellow employee. When the other employee made a backcut, the tree top swung around 180 degrees, slapping a dead snag that was approximately 87 feet tall with a list of 12 degrees toward Employee #1. The dead snag broke off approximately 20 feet above the ground and fell toward Employee #1. Employee #1 was hit by the snag and suffered multiple injuries. Employee #1 was in a very hazardous location where he should not have been; only one avenue of escape was available and that was closed off by the falling snag.
Keywords: obstructed egress, work rules, lodged tree, tree section, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111315321 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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