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Accident: 200630994 - Employee Is Struck And Killed When Felling Trees

Accident: 200630994 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 12/02/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30548965012/03/20032411R.M. Logging, Inc.
An employee was felling trees with a coworker, who was operating a skidder nearby. The employee felled an 18-inch diameter hickory tree with a conventional notch. The hickory became lodged in the top of another tree. He then felled a 16-inch diameter maple tree and a 15-inch diameter hickory tree that dropped to the ground. The butt of the hickory tree was in the air when it landed. The employee walked under the tree and was standing approximately 5 feet away. The hickory tree settled and fell and struck the employee on the left temple. He died as a result of his injuries. He was wearing a Stihl hardhat, ear muffs, cloth gloves, logging pants and steel toe logging boots.
Keywords: head, tree felling, logger, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305489650 Fatality Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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