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Accident: 170195333 - Employee Injured When Struck By Flying Tree Limb

Accident: 170195333 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 09/11/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11189866409/20/19902411Sea Forest Enterprises
Employee #1 was felling timber on a steep slope. A tree that he felled brushed against another tree and one, causing one of its limbs to bend. The limb then broke and flew out, striking Employee #1 on the head. He did not remember anything after felling the tree, and did not see the limb that hit him. A nearby witness later stated that he saw the tree fall, but did not actually see the limb strike Employee #1. The timber being cut was burned in 1989, and was very brittle. An examination of the work site showed that proper falling cuts and escape routes were being used. Employee #1 was wearing a hard hat, which prevented his sustaining more serious injuries.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, steep grade, struck by, flying object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111898664 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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