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Accident: 200960474 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 200960474 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 12/04/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12738161412/06/19961794Mid Maryland Excavating, Inc.
Employee #1 and two coworkers were logging an approximately 2 acre lot in preparation for building a single-family home. Employee #1 was using a chainsaw to cut a felled tree into logs while a coworker secured the felled tree from moving with the bucket of a front-end loader. The other coworker was using a trackhoe to fell a tree by pulling it down. He cut the roots of the tree on the opposite side of where he wanted it to fall and he then began to pull on it with the trackhoe. The tree did not fall as intended; instead, it fell into the work area where Employee #1 was using the chainsaw. The top of the tree struck him on the back of the head. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: head, tree felling, work rules, construction, earthmoving equip, tree, struck by, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 127381614 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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