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Accident: 170114342 - Employee Killed When Struck By Felled Tree

Accident: 170114342 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 02/06/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10154884002/07/19960851White Tree & Landscaping
Employee #1 was felling a tree that was approximately 26 in. in diameter. He was standing to the rear and slightly to the left of the tree and his backcut was approximately 3 to 4 in. above the ground. The tree fell and landed inside the crotch of a smaller 6 to 8 in. tree approximately 20 ft away, splitting it at the crotch. The felled tree then landed on another tree that had been previously cut and was lying at a perpendicular angle. Most of the weight of the felled tree was forward of the one it landed on, causing the butt end, which was closest to Employee #1, to jump approximately 20 ft in the air and strike him in the head and chest area. It came to rest on top of him and pinned Employee #1 to the ground with his legs folded under him against the base of another tree. An ambulance was called and Employee #1 was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: chest, head, tree felling, crushed, tree, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101548840 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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