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Accident: 170235147 - Skidder Operator Killed When Struck By Tree

Accident: 170235147 -- Report ID: 1055330 -- Event Date: 10/04/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11126059210/04/19942411Lee Hughes Logging
At approximately 11:55 a.m. on October 4, 1994, Employee #1, a skidder operator, was preparing to set the chokers on a John Deere 440A skidder in the vicinity of a feller-buncher/ processor. The processor had just cut a 101 ft tall hemlock tree and was attempting to ground the tree, not realizing that Employee #1 was within reach of the top of the tree. The tree struck Employee #1 on the head, neck, and back, killing him. The diameter of the tree at the point of impact was 5 inches, and Employee #1 was standing approximately 76 feet from the base of the 14 in. diameter tree. The feller/buncher processor was a Kobelco Mark III,SK12LC, with a Keto 150 single grip processing head.
Keywords: tree felling, work rules, feller-buncher, tree, skidder, struck by, logging, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111260592 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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