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Accident: 202570453 - Employee Dies From Head Injury When Struck By Downed Tree

Accident: 202570453 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 09/08/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31691855609/09/20134813Watts Brothers Cable Construction Inc
On 1:25 p.m. on September 7, 2013, Employee #1 was removing a fallen tree from an AT&T phone line. He was using a pole saw when the saw became stuck in the forks of the tree. He used a chain saw to cut away the base of the tree. Once cut, the tree sprung up and struck Employee #1 in the head. He was transported to Saint May's Hospital where he was placed on a ventilator. He passed away on September 8, 2013, at 5:37 a.m.
Keywords: head, communication cable, chain saw, tree, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316918556 Fatality Fracture Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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