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Accident: 202561783 - Worker Dies After Being Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 202561783 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 05/16/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31712985605/16/20131795M&P Venture Partners L.L.C.
On May 16, 2013, Employee #1, a truck driver, and Coworker #1, an excavation equipment operator, both employed by M&P Venture Partners L.L.C., were removing a 29-foot tree from a work site. Coworker #1 was loading the tree into the end dump when he saw that Employee #1 had come around the rear of the end dump. Employee #1 told Coworker #1 to have the tree cut in half before loading it into the end dump. However, Coworker #1 had already released the tree. The tree's root ball landed on the top of the end dump and rolled outward. Coworker #1 yelled for Employee #1 to get away. Employee #1 was struck by the falling tree. Emergency services were called, and he was transported to a local hospital, where he died.
Keywords: tree felling, demolition, load shift, construction, tree, dump truck, struck by, falling object, truck driver
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Demolition $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317129856 Fatality Other Truck drivers, heavy FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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