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Accident: 41759.015 - Employee Struck By Tree And Is Killed

Accident: 41759.015 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 02/25/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
892143.01502/25/2013Pete Gould & Sons, Inc.
At 2:35 p.m. on February 25, 2013 an employee was felling a tree, and clearing a right of way to install pipe during construction of a gas line. The employee wa s using a Stihl MS 461 chain saw equipped with a 24 inch bar to cut the hickory tree which had previously fell into an oak tree. The tree changed its descent an d become lodged. The employee hesitated in his retreat while the tree fell. Ins tead of running uphill away from the tree's path, the employee retreated lateral ly in the path of the falling tree. As the tree slid down the trunk of the lodg ed tree, it struck the employee in the upper back and head. The employee was kil led due to trauma to the back of the head.
Keywords: back, head, struck by, tree, tree felling
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition   0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 892143.015 44 M Fatality Timber cutting and logging occupations FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause:

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