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Accident: 170380091 - Employee Injured In Fall With Dead Tree

Accident: 170380091 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 07/21/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12028603408/10/19940783Davey Tree Service
Employee #1, a tree climber, was in a wooded area north of cabins used by the Alcohol Rehabilitation Program. He was 50 ft up cutting a dead tree in sections using a chain saw and come-along winch. The tree fell, along with Employee #1. Employee #1 suffered a fractured pelvis and ribs, punctured ribs and throat, and a laceration of his elbow. The tree trunk below Employee #1 was weak due to beetles and other insects and broke when pressure was applied from the pull line and attached come-along. The damage was not readily visible from the exterior. Employee #1 had been employed by his employer for approximately 18 months.
Keywords: throat, fracture, tree felling, work rules, tree, pelvis, rib, fall, puncture, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120286034 Hospitalized injury Fracture Forestry workers, except logging

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