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Accident: 202490793 - Employee Fratures Leg While Felling Trees

Accident: 202490793 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 11/18/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12582716212/06/20100851Mountaineers Fire Crew
On November 18, 2010, Employee #1, a fire fighter, was working was assisting in the cutting of small trees to reduce the threat of forest fires. During cutting, a coworker got a tree, measuring 4 to 5-inches in diameter, hung up on another tree. The coworker, who was located on a small rise uphill from Employee #1, motioned to Employee #1 to let him know of the situation. Employee #1 gave the coworker a thumps-up, which the coworker understood to mean that Employee #1 was aware of the situation and planned to stay clear of the felling area. As the coworker dislodged the hung tree, Employee #1 remained in the felling radius. Employee #1 was struck by the tree, causing him and the saw to roll down the hill. The coworker came to Employee #1's aid, finding him lying on the ground unconscious. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby medical facility, where he was hospitalized and treated for a fractured right femur.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, tree felling, obstructed view, tree, struck by, falling object, inattention, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125827162 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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