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Accident: 200881605 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Section Of Tree

Accident: 200881605 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 05/18/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31236950705/18/20090783Family Tree
Employee #1 was working from a bucket truck cutting the top of a partially dead tree. After making a shallow notch at a height of approximately 20 feet above the ground, he made a back cut that removed all of the hinge wood. The approximate 45-foot section that was being cut fell in the opposite direction than was intended and slid off of the remaining tree trunk. The cut section fell into a house and then onto the boom of the bucket truck. The employee, who was tied off to the bucket with a harness and lanyard, was struck by the falling tree section. He was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Keywords: fracture, tree, tree section, struck by, falling object, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312369507 Fatality Fracture Laborers, except construction

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