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Accident: 200362176 - Tree Falls On Backhoe And Kills The Driver

Accident: 200362176 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 02/28/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31736106102/28/20142411Joel M. Pace Dba Pace'S Hauling & Clearing
On February 28, 2014, Employee #1, a 43-year-old male with Joel M. Pace Dba Pace's Hauling & Clearing was clearing trees on two lots at a modular home park. Employee #1 was operating a backhoe and used it to push-down a tree when a tree snapped and fell on the cab of the backhoe crushing Employee #1. Employee #1 was killed in the event. Employee #1 was working alone at the time of the incident.
Keywords: tree felling, tree limb, machine operator, crushed, tree, struck by, falling object, untrained, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317361061 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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