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Accident: 200775898 - Employee Is Struck In Head By Tree Limb, Later Dies

Accident: 200775898 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 02/03/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31407307302/04/20100783Eton Chips Tree Company
Employees were removing trees from a residential house lot. Employees were cutting trees from the ground level with a chain saw and manual winch. During the tree removal the tree fell to ground and one of the limbs (approximately 6-ft to 8-ft long) impacted the frozen ground. The limb struck Employee #1 in the head causing a concussion. Employee #1 was approximately 20-ft to 30-ft away from where the tree fell when the limb struck him. Employee #1 was not using any type of personal protective equipment (protective helmet) during the tree removal. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital and was pronounced brain dead. Two days later Employee #1 died due to his head injuries.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, ppe, struck by, concussion, falling object, brain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314073073 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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