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Accident: 170784532 - Burned Tree Falls, Strikes Water Truck And Worker

Accident: 170784532 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/30/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31651868709/28/20122411Willmore Enterprises
On August 30, 2012, Employee #1, a 35-year-old male with Willmore Enterprises, was filling his water truck from a watering hole designated as a "safe zone" when he was struck by a previously burned tree which fell unexpectedly. The burned tree fell striking the front portion of water truck then bounced off the engine cab and struck Employee #1. Forest Service cutters had previously inspected the site for hazardous trees and fell the identified trees accordingly. The tree in question was not identified as being unsafe and was left standing. Employee #1 sustained multiple fractures to his scapula, vertebra, ribs as well as a head injury. Employee #1 was airlifted to an area hospital where he was admitted for approximately one-week.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, tree, rib, fire truck, vertebra, water tank, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316518687 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, forestry and logging workers

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