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Accident: 170070312 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree Branch

Accident: 170070312 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 01/25/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10448043901/28/19911794Ventura Construction Co., Inc.
Employee #1, age 19, and a coworker were assigned to take down two dead trees. Employee #1 was standing approximately 40 ft away from one of the dead trees, which the coworker was going to knock down with a John Deere loader. After the initial push against the tree, several branches fell. The coworker checked and saw Employee #1 standing in the same area, so he pushed the tree again. Several more branches fell; one of them cracked the windshield of the loader and another struck Employee #1 on the head, killing him. Neither employee was wearing a hard hat or eye protection. Tree clearing was not part of the their regular job responsibilities, and they had not been trained in safe tree clearing practices.
Keywords: head, hard hat, tree felling, tree limb, ppe, work rules, construction, struck by, falling object, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104480439 Fatality Cut/Laceration Construction laborers

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