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Accident: 170041651 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Piece Of Dead Tree

Accident: 170041651 -- Report ID: 1055340 -- Event Date: 07/05/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11142891807/06/19952411Joseph E Mell Dba Absolutely The Best Tree Service
Employee #1 felled an alder tree which became lodged approximately 7 ft above the ground between two adjacent dead alders. There was a large bee's nest in the ground next to the two dead trees. Employee #1 moved approximately 25 ft west of the lodged tree and felled, limbed, and bucked two more alders. As he was walking back from these bucked trees, an approximately 30 ft 9 in. section of one of the dead trees fell approximately 8 ft from its stump and landed on Employee #1's head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A coworker claimed that he had been felling trees approximately 100 yards from the accident site and found Employee #1 approximately 24 ft from the stump. The dead tree that broke was approximately 35 ft tall.
Keywords: head, tree felling, work rules, lodged tree, tree section, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111428918 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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