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Accident: 170248405 - Employee Is Struck By A Sapling After Setting Chokers

Accident: 170248405 -- Report ID: 1055330 -- Event Date: 10/24/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11137079710/25/19902411Mesa Resources
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on October 24, 1990, Employee #1 was setting chokers on the Pats Pride USFS timber sale near Sequim, WA. The employee had set a 3/4 in. 26 ft long choker and walked into the clear. The owner of the logging company set the other choker (same size) and blew the go-ahead whistle. The front tree length sapling hit a stump and swung around, striking the owner first and knocking him down and then striking Employee #1, the chokerman, on the back of the left leg, causing an 8 in. long by 3 in. deep gash. He was hit and dragged uphill 10 ft by a 5 in. diameter (butt end) fir tree sapling, 55 to 60 ft long. This high lead logging site was on relatively flat ground.
Keywords: choker setter, laceration, tree, struck by, logging, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111370797 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Timber cutting and logging occupations

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