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Accident: 170720528 - Employee Killed When Struck By Splintered Tree Log

Accident: 170720528 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 01/25/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11183475001/27/19920721Davey Tree Surgery
At 10:45 a.m. on January 25, 1992, Employee #1, of Davey Tree Surgery Co., was attempting to fell a pine tree in a sloped area. He had just cut down two large trees and had topped a third. Employee #1 made a face cut about 4 in. deep in the third tree then attempted to cut it down without a notch or backcut. The tree began to splinter on the opposite side 2 to 3 ft above the cut. The main tree section broke away from the splintered stump, kicked out, and struck Employee #1 in the back of the head as he tried to escape. He was killed. There was no documentation to certify that Employee #1 had been trained in tree felling. A serious accident-related violation, T8CCR 3421(c), was cited.
Keywords: splinter, head, tree felling, agriculture, work rules, tree, struck by, untrained, slope
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111834750 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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