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Accident: 511469 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 511469 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 07/22/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11187706407/24/19912411M. A. Fisher Logging
At 12:30 p.m. on July 21, 1991, Employee #1 was felling an oak tree that was approximately 12 in. in diameter. When the tree fell, it landed on a standing leaner, which raised and swung; its butt struck and pinned Employee #1, killing him. The investigators have determined that the accident had several contributing factors: (1) the terrain was steep; (2) the escape path was not properly cleared; (3) Employee #1 did not move away from the stump until the tree was in full motion; (4) the undercut left a kerf dutchman that altered the direction of the fall; (5) Employee #1 did not properly observe the factors and plan the felling of this tree.
Keywords: obstructed egress, tree felling, pinned, work rules, steep grade, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111877064 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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