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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170389803 - Logger Killed When Struck In Head By Flying Limb

Accident: 170389803 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 02/10/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12406244902/11/19942411Dcd Logging
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 1994, Employee #1, a 34-year-old feller logger, and two coworkers had arrived at the site and cut trees from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. when they took a break. The two coworkers (a partner and the assisting trimmer) walked north and southeast about 150 ft, turned, and saw Employee #1, who was about 30 ft southeast of where they had been. He had completed the trunk cuts and back cut on a large white oak tree and was standing back about 8 ft from the base of the tree as it fell away from him. A large (8 in. diameter) hickory limb from a nearby tree snapped from that tree under enormous pressure and flew horizontally approximately 50 ft, striking Employee #1 in the left temple and cheekbone. Employee #1 died within 3 minutes of massive internal head injuries.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, struck by, flying object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124062449 Fatality Cut/Laceration Timber cutting and logging occupations

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