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Accident: 200923506 - Chain Saw Operator Is Struck And Killed By Tree Root Ball

Accident: 200923506 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 06/25/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31655635606/25/20121794William A. Hazel, Inc.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on June 25, 2012, an employee of a site development contractor was working at a planned single family home development site in Woodbridge, VA. He was removing trees from a wooded lot. The standing trees previously had been knocked down with track loaders and left on the ground with their root balls attached. The employee, a chain saw operator for the company, was using a chain saw to cut the root ball and stump from the trunk and crown of a tree. The root ball of the tree was approximately 11.5 feet across at the widest point. As he completed the cut, the root ball dropped down and twisted suddenly toward the employee, striking him. Prince William County Fire & Rescue responded and pronounced the employee dead on the scene.
Keywords: chain saw, construction, tree, struck by, logging
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316556356 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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