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Accident: 170154041 - Employee Injured When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 170154041 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 06/18/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11221091912/11/19909199California, State Of, Dept. Of Transportation
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 18, 1990, Employee #1 was cutting a dead tree on a mountain slope, approximately 100 ft above a roadway. He used a power saw to make an undercut and several backcuts, inserting a wedge at the back of the tree. He then finished cutting the tree and it slid off the stump. The tree butt hit the ground and the upper end fell toward Employee #1 and a coworker. Employee #1 was struck by the falling tree and suffered a fractured pelvis and right arm. The coworker was able to run out of the path of the falling tree.
Keywords: clearance, tree felling, work rules, tree, pelvis, struck by, arm, falling object, slope
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112210919 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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