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Accident: 200070134 - Employee'S Neck Injured When Struck By Tree Limb

Accident: 200070134 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 11/14/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30007279011/15/19962411Roy J. Lane Logging Contractor
On November 13, 1996, Employee #1, a faller and limber on a logging crew, was cutting down a tree that was inaccessible to mechanized equipment. He was struck on his hard hat by a limb that fell out of the top of the tree. He was initially thought to have a broken neck and was transported to the local hospital and then transferred to Asheville (NC) for further evaluation. He was released the following day with only a neck brace. His employer stated he thought the brace was a precaution in case there was a hairline crack somewhere in the neck. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident, and coworkers said during subsequent interviews that they had come back to where Employee #1 was working and found him needing assistance. The tree was not available for inspection, and they could not remember if it was a snag or a sound tree with storm damage that allowed the limb to break away when disturbed.
Keywords: tree felling, tree limb, neck, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300072790 Hospitalized injury Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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