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Accident: 200075448 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Felled Tree

Accident: 200075448 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 07/13/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31716691609/04/20130783Steve Smathers Dba Smathers Tree Service
On July 13, 2013, Employee #1 was involved in timber cutting and logging operations. While working, he was struck by a felled tree. He was found sitting in an upright position underneath the butt end of the felled tree (a poplar tree). The poplar tree was lying across a previously felled tree. The owner felled both trees. Employee #1 had cut the limbs and topped off the poplar tree. However, after several minutes, the owner could not find him. The owner then cut the poplar tree that Employee #1 had delimbed and topped off. That is when, the owner found Employee #1 dead and under the burr end of the poplar. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to head and neck.
Keywords: tree felling, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317166916 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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