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Accident: 170627731 - Worker Injured When Struck By Tree In Felling Operation

Accident: 170627731 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 11/22/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31652018812/05/20120851Sanders Precision Timber Falling Inc
On November 22, 2012 Employee #1, a 60-year-old male with Sanders Precision Timber Falling Inc, was felling trees with his chainsaw. Employee #1 had made the wedge cut and was finishing the back cut when, while reaching for a wedge, the tree started to fall back toward him striking him causing multiple fractures. The employee created an adequate escape route but indicated that he slipped maybe over his chainsaw as he retreated which prevented him from getting clear of the falling tree. A coworker, who was working nearby, came to Employee #1's aid and summoned Emergency Medical Services. Employee #1 was airlifted to a regional hospital where he was admitted and treated for fractures to his left lower leg, right clavicle, four ribs, and an L3 compression fracture.
Keywords: fracture, shoulder, tree felling, spine, chain saw, tree, rib, tree section, struck by, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316520188 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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