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Accident: 607291 - Employee Killed When Tree He Was Topping Fell Over

Accident: 607291 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 12/08/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1776849003/03/19880783Lee Tree Service
AT 9:34 AM ON DECEMBER 8, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS REMOVING THE TOP OF A 50 FOOT HIGH HICKORY TREE. HE WAS TIED OFF TO THE TREE, USING A CHAIN SAW TO CUT THE TOP. THE TREE FELL OVER, CARRYING EMPLOYEE #1 ALONG WITH IT TO THE GROUND. HE WAS KILLED. (THERE IS NO MENTION OF THIS BY THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER, BUT IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT, HAD THE EMPLOYEE MORE CLOSELY EXAMINED THE CONDITION OF THE TREE BEFORE CLIMBING IT, HE MAY HAVE DECIDED NOT TO ATTEMPT TO TOP IT. WG)
Keywords: tree felling, work rules, tree, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17768490 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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