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Accident: 170612311 - Employee Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 170612311 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 09/14/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11981794809/16/19932411Tridell Industries
ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1993, EMPLOYEE #1 AND OTHER EMPLOYEES OF TRIDELL INDUSTRIES WERE WORKING AT A SMALL, PRIVATE LOGGING SHOW IN MAGALIA, CALIFORNIA. DURING THE AFTERNOON, ONE WORKER HAD BEGUN FELLING A FIR TREE ABOUT 24 INCHES IN DIAMETER BY MAKING AN UNDERCUT. HE THEN MOVED AWAY AND CONFERRED WITH A SKIDDER OPERATOR AND EMPLOYEE #3, A CHOKER SETTER, WORKING IN THE VICINITY. THE TREE FELLER ASKED IF THE SKIDDER (DG CAT DOZER) WAS OUT OF THE WAY AND WAS TOLD BY THE OPERATOR THAT IT WAS. THE FALLER POINTED OUT THE DIRECTION IN WHICH HE WAS GOING TO MAKE THE TREE FALL. THIS CONVERSATION TOOK PLACE UPHILL ABOUT 20 FEET UPHILL FROM THE BASE OF THE TREE. THE FALLER WENT BACK TO WORK ON THE FELLING CUT, LEAVING EMPLOYEE #1 AND THE SKIDDER OPERATOR WATCHING. WHEN HE STARTED BACK TO WORK, HOWEVER, THE TWO OTHERS WALKED BACK TO WHERE THE SKIDDER WAS STOPPED. AS THEY REACHED THE SKIDDER, THE TREE FELL ON IT. THE SKIDDER WAS STOPPED OVER A SLIGHT RIDGE OUT OF SIGHT FROM THE FALLER. AS HE STARTED DOWN THE FALLEN TREE MARKING OUT THE BACKING SECTION, THE FALLER OBSERVED THE SKIDDER OPERATOR RUNNING AROUND THE SKIDDER. THE FALLER ASKED WHAT THE MATTER WAS AND THE OPERATOR SAID HE COULD NOT FIND EMPLOYEE #1. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS THEN FOUND LYING ON THE GROUND UNDER BROKEN TREE LIMBS. THE TOP OF THE TREE WAS 10 TO 12 FEET OVER THE TOP SIDE OF THE SKIDDER. THE END OF THE TREE HAD BENT DOWN OVER THE RIDGE AS IT FELL, STRIKING EMPLOYEE #1 ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD, SHOULDER, AND BACK, BREAKING HIS NECK AND KILLING HIM INSTANTLY.
Keywords: head, shoulder, tree felling, back, choker setter, tree, skidder, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119817948 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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