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Accident: 201633633 - Four Employees Injured When Struck By A Tree

Accident: 201633633 -- Report ID: 1054111 -- Event Date: 05/17/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30662923905/17/20039224Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on May 17, 2003, firefighters were in the process of a burn-to- learn exercise. Two residential properties were involved in the exercise. Three large, approximately 70 ft tall Elm trees, where between the properties and in close proximity to the burn. While the firefighters burned the first property, they sprayed the tree tops with water. On the next house the firefighters did the same; however, while the property was burning the tree became top heavy with the water and came crashing down. Four firefighters taking a break were struck by the tree. Employees #1, #2, and #4 sustained bruises and contusions. Employee #3 was treated for a concussion. All were transported to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.
Keywords: firefighter, head, tree, struck by, concussion, falling object, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306629239 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
2 306629239 Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Firefighting occupations
3 306629239 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
4 306629239 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Firefighting occupations

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