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Accident: 63569.015 - Employee Is Struck By Tree Limb And Is Killed

Accident: 63569.015 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 06/20/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
981938.01506/20/2014Royal Green Tree Service, Inc
At 9:45 a.m. on June 20, 2014, Employee #1 was secured in a harness, positioned in a maple tree, cutting the trunk of the tree for removal. A mobile hydraulic crane was being used to facilitate the removal of the tree. Employee #1 put the tree slings on the vertical limbs near the top of the tree and communicated via headset to the crane operator that he had cut the top of the tree and it was clear to lift. Suddenly, one of the four inch limbs that one of the slings was attached to broke, causing the trunk portion of the tree to swing and strike Employee #1 while he was still harnessed in the tree. The employee sustained blunt force trauma to his head and body, killing him.
Keywords: tree trimming, tree, crane operator, hydraulic crane, head, tree limb, torso, struck by, sling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 981938.015 47 M Fatality Other

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