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Accident: 170009666 - Employee Killed When Tree Falls On Crane Cab

Accident: 170009666 -- Report ID: 1055320 -- Event Date: 06/27/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30458565606/27/20017353Sunnen Crane Service Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30458569806/27/20010783Big Trees Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30458573006/29/20011542Sellen Construction Co Inc
On June 27, 2001, Employees #1through #3 were working with Big Trees Transplant Service and Sunnen Crane Service to adjust the depth and straightness of a 90-ft tall elm tree that they had replanted the day before, across from the site of a new parking garage. The property owners had asked for the depth and verticality of the tree to be adjusted after the crew had transplanted the tree on the previous day. The crew rerigged the tree and Employee #1, the crane operator, lifted it four times to make the requested adjustments. As the crane was lowering the tree slowly into place, the tree rotated approximately 45 degrees then fell onto the crane's cab. Employee #1, who was operating the crane from inside the cab, was crushed and killed. Employees #2 and #3 sustained injuries but only Employee #2 required hospitalization.
Keywords: crane cab, struck by, unsecured, work rules, load shift, overturn, construction, crushed, tree
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304585656 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
2 304585698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
3 304585730 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Fall, other

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