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Accident: 200631521 - Employee Is Struck And Killed While Felling A Tree

Accident: 200631521 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 02/20/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30947486402/21/20072411Hamilton Construction
At approximately 11 a.m. on February 20, 2007, Employees #1, and two of his coworkers were logging on a new tract. Coworker #1 was operating a 1994 John Deere 640E cable skidder at the felling area. Coworker #2 was operating the 2004 Barko 295 Loader at the landing area. Employee # 1 was felling trees. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Coworker #1 observed Coworker Employee #1 fell a 89-ft by 15-in. maple tree. The maple tree fell to the ground. Coworker #1 observed Employee #1 a cut into a 99-ft by 22-in. poplar tree. The poplar tree set back on the stump and did not fall. Coworker #1 observed Employee #1 looking up at the poplar tree to see if it was going to fall. Coworker #1 continued with the skidding operation, driving his load to the landing area. After experiencing mechanical problems with the skidder, coworker #1 turned the skidder off. As soon as the skidder stopped running, coworker #1 and coworker #2 heard Employee #1 yelling for help. After cutting the poplar tree, that did not fall, Employee #1 went approximately 45 ft from the poplar tree and either started topping the maple tree that he had cut earlier, or felled a white oak tree. When the poplar tree fell, Employee #1 was struck and killed by the poplar tree.
Keywords: tree felling, crushed, tree, logger, loader, skidder, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309474864 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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