Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170761985 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 170761985 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 12/05/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12540082012/08/19971629Poindexter Excavating Inc
Employee #1, another laborer, a bulldozer operator, and a backhoe operator were clearing 18 acres of land at a construction site. It was Employee #1's first day at site clearing and the dozer operator instructed him to cut up a felled tree. As Employee #1 moved closer to the tree, he went out of the line of sight of the backhoe operator, who was pushing over another tree with his bucket. The tree fell and struck Employee #1, who was approximately 74 ft away from the backhoe. He was killed. Employee #1 was not wearing a hard hat and the employer had no established program or procedures for site clearing.
Keywords: tree felling, obstructed view, work rules, construction, inexperience, tree, untrained, communication
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125400820 Fatality Concussion Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.