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Accident: 170108146 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree Limb

Accident: 170108146 -- Report ID: 0336000 -- Event Date: 01/20/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11334287701/22/19922411J&C Logging Company
Employee #1 was using a chain saw to fell an approximately 65 ft high double standing red maple with an approximately 18 in. base. Employee #1 notched the tree on the downhill side and was completing the felling. As the tree began to fall, it sheared off an approximately 25 ft long limb that was 35 ft high on a tree 12 ft behind him. This limb was 4 to 5 in. at the base. It is reasonable to assume that the branch was falling as Employee #1 completed his cut. The sheared limb fell and struck the employee on the back of the head, crushing his hard hat and killing him.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, limbing, crushed, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113342877 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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