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Accident: 200260743 - Employee Killed When Struck By Swinging Tree Trunk

Accident: 200260743 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 09/04/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12344376409/05/19972411Quinney Logging, Inc.
Employee #1 was manually felling a 75 ft high by 26 in. diameter elm tree. In setting up the cut, Employee #1 did not leave any hinge wood to hold the tree to the stump until the direction of the fall was established. A vine that connected the elm to another tree caused the elm to fall to the side of its intended path. As a result, the tree fell into the fork of a bois d'arc (osage orange) tree, which acted like the fulcrum of a see-saw. This action, along with the rotation imparted by the vine, caused the tree to swing toward Employee #1. It struck him on the chest and knocked him approximately 10 ft 6 in. from the stump. Employee #1 suffered massive chest injuries and was killed.
Keywords: chest, tree felling, work rules, caught by, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123443764 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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