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Accident: 201345667 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 201345667 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 05/10/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31508761905/10/20115171Ramsey Oil Hutchinson Inc.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on May 10, 2011, Employee #1 was assigned to clear an area of trees to allow for the extension of the parking lot. The trees determined necessary for removal were located on the east side of the facility. Employee #1 was cutting a Chinese Elm tree that measured about 35-feet tall and 16-inches in diameter, the butt of the tree struck and fell on Employee #1. He was killed instantly. A coworker later discovered Employee #1's body, face down and pinned beneath the tree. The accident investigation determined that the top of the tree became hung-up on the branches of an adjacent tree, which did not allow the tree to fall to the east as intended.
Keywords: fracture, unconsciousness, tree felling, pinned, crushed, tree, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315087619 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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