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Accident: 200998201 - Employee Is Injured While Felling Tree Limbs, Later Dies

Accident: 200998201 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 11/16/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31319740211/19/20092411John Collier Logging Company, Inc.
On November 16, 2009, Employee #1 working for John Collier Logging Company, was felling a 60 ft high and 40 in. diameter tree. Before the tree fell on the intended drop site, it rotated 45 degrees and started to fall toward another standing tree. Employee #2 observed Employee #1 drop his chain saw and started to run away from the falling tree. Employee #2 further observed an eight ft tree limb break off the falling tree and impact the standing tree. Employee #1 was underneath the standing tree. Tree limbs that were approximately three in. in diameter struck Employee #1 on the head and shoulders, knocking him unconscious and to the ground. Employee #2 called for emergency services, and Employee #1 was airlifted to the hospital, where he later died from blunt force head trauma injuries.
Keywords: head, unconsciousness, shoulder, tree felling, tree limb, chain saw, tree
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313197402 Fatality Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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