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Accident: 170168520 - Employee Injured When Struck In Back By Falling Burning Tree

Accident: 170168520 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 08/14/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11196054808/21/19919223Ca Youth Authority
At approximately 11:09 a.m. on August 14, 1991, Employee #1 was helping to put out a fire. He was standing about 50 ft from a burning tree that to him appeared to be leaning in the opposite direction from where he was standing. Employee #1 said he noticed the tree because smoke was coming from the top of it. Employee #1 was getting ready to cut line when the tree suddenly fell and struck him in the back. He sustained a fractured back and was hospitalized. Employee #1 was wearing the required protective equipment: hard hat, goggles, gloves, Nomex suit, and boots. According to Employee #1, he had 6 or 7 weeks of classroom and field training before going out to fight a fire. No violations were written.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, fire, back, tree, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111960548 Hospitalized injury Fracture Firefighting occupations

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