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Accident: 200881845 - Logger Is Crushed And Killed When Tree Falls On Excavator

Accident: 200881845 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 06/20/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31435309506/20/20111711Lawman Heating & Cooling Inc
On June 20, 2011, Employee #1, a 47-year-old male excavator operator with Lawman Heating & Cooling Inc., was working with two other employees, conducting tree removal operations. Employee #1 was operating an excavator bucket to pull the trunk of the tree to prevent the saw from pinching and continue to pull the tree after the cut was finished. A coworker was also pulling on the tree with a chain attached to the tree and a payloader. The angle of pull by the payloader operator caused the tree to shift and roll onto the cab of the excavator, crushing and killing Employee #1.
Keywords: tree felling, wire rope, log, tree, logger, struck by, logging
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314353095 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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