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Accident: 200540136 - Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 200540136 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 04/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10715191204/18/19974813Bell Atlantic
Three employees were removing a tree that was leaning against a telephone line in a remote area. The employees made an initial notch and cut. The tree dropped but was still leaning against the line. The employees made an additional notch and cut, and the tree began to slide down the line as the workers moved away. Two of the employees went towards the west while the other employee went towards the east. The tree fell in a northeasterly direction, striking the eastbound worker in the upper trunk area. He died of his injuries.
Keywords: tree felling, telecom work, tree, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107151912 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Telephone line installers and repairers

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