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Accident: 170129969 - Employee Killed By Falling Tree Or Part Of Tree

Accident: 170129969 -- Report ID: 1054113 -- Event Date: 03/23/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12372605103/23/19932411Hull Oakes Lumber Co
On the morning of March 23, 1993, Employee #1, working as a cutter, was struck by a tree or part of a tree and fatally injured. Four employees were cutting a setting that was mostly alder with a few large fir mixed in. Employee #1 was working close to the middle of the unit. Another employee was trying to fell a large fir across the hillside in the same area. The stump of the fir was 6 to 8 feet above the ground, making the job difficult. All the holding wood was cut off on the faller's side of the stump. Two wedges were put in on the same half of the stump, which forced the tree to go off the stump 90 degrees from the intended direction of fall. The tree hit a 26-inch alder, breaking it off. This alder and the top of the fir came down in the area in which Employee #1 was working, and one or the other struck him in the abdomen.
Keywords: abdomen, tree felling, work rules, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123726051 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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