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Accident: 170054811 - Employee Killed When Struck By Catapulted Tree

Accident: 170054811 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 04/15/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1846858705/20/19922411Michael Hoxit Dba M & L Logging Co.
Employee #1 was assigned to fell trees with a chain saw at a logging site. Employee #1 felled a poplar tree uphill that was aimed at a clear landing. The falling tree had a forked top that shifted slightly to the left, hitting an oak tree. The oak tree acted like a catapult, springing back and then throwing the poplar tree up and back toward the retreating Employee #1. Struck in the back of the head, Employee #1 suffered spinal injuries and was killed.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, spine, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18468587 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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