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Accident: 202492328 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Falling Tree Branch

Accident: 202492328 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 07/28/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31457239708/18/20111521Black Bear Log Homes, Inc
On July 28, 2011, Employee #1, a carpenter, was cutting down trees. As Employee #1 cut the second tree of the day. Employee #1 walked to escape route and waits and notices the tree becoming snagged in other trees. Employee #1 waits a few seconds, then walked back to the stump. The top part of the tree snapped of and came back towards the stump, striking Employee #1 in the head. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for a skull fracture on the left side, fracture of the C-3 vertebrae, fractures to left shoulder, left side cheek bone, and three ribs on the left side.
Keywords: fracture, head, shoulder, tree felling, tree limb, carpenter, tree, rib, struck by, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Contractor's yard/facility Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314572397 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations FallDist:
Cause: Landscaping
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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