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Accident: 201791902 - Employee Paralyzed After Fall From Tree

Accident: 201791902 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 10/20/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12025350510/21/19980783R.R.Mesec Trees
At about 4:45 p.m. on October 20, 1998, a tree service employee was cutting a tree branch 20 ft above the ground with a portable gasoline powered saw. He was wearing a safety belt and a safety line attached to another tree branch. During the cutting, the employee fell head-first to the ground and severely injured his spinal cord, resulting in paralysis. He was transported and admitted to Huntington Medical Center and later transferred to Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.
Keywords: paralysis, lifeline, safety belt, struck against, saw, fall, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120253505 Hospitalized injury Other Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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