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Accident: 201751047 - Wildland Firefighter Is Killed While Felling Trees

Accident: 201751047 -- Report ID: 0830600 -- Event Date: 07/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30517016907/04/20020851Usda Forest Service
On July 1, 2002, Employee #1, a contract wildland firefighter for the USDA Forest Service, was working as a sawer (class C Feller) to clear a landing location for a helicopter tank during the Missionary Ridge Fire in Durango, CO. While felling hazardous snags, he was struck by an aspen tree and killed. This tree had showed no signs of fire damage until it fell over. Afterwards, it was determined that the tree root system had been burned away.
Keywords: firefighter, tree felling, tree, helicopter, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305170169 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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