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Accident: 200881142 - Employee Is Killed When Ejected From Bucket Of Bucket Truck

Accident: 200881142 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 07/11/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30938278607/11/20060783Brian Devay Dba Quality Tree Service
On July 11, 2006, Employee #1 and a coworker were removing a diseased Chestnut tree as part of a local village contract to remove ten trees. Employee #1 was working out of a bucket truck and removed all of the limbs and upper sections of the tree. There was a 24.5 ft section of tree left standing. Employee #1 made a conventional notch and a back cut leaving over 2-in. of hinge wood on the 2-ft diameter stump. When the tree did not fall, Employee #1 went back up into the bucket truck and applied pressure to the tree with the bucket. When the tree started to move, the bucket slipped off the side, ejecting Employee #1 into the air, above the bucket. Employee #1 landed on the rim of the bucket, striking his head and face, and fell an additional 18 ft to the ground. Employee #1 was not breathing when his coworker reached him. Employee #1 was killed. The investigation revealed that no PPE being used, and the aerial lift was not being used properly.
Keywords: ejected, head, tree felling, ppe, equipment operator, machine operator, struck against, tree, face, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309382786 Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction

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