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Accident: 675975 - Employee Injured In Accident When Log Skidder Brakes Failed

Accident: 675975 -- Report ID: 1054113 -- Event Date: 11/06/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10523498311/06/19872411K & W Logging
AN EMPLOYEE (EMPLOYEE #1) OF K & W INC. WAS DRIVING A CATERPILLAR MODEL 518 RUBBER-TIRED SKIDDER DOWN A LOG HAUL ROAD. HIS BRAKES FAILED, CAUSING THE SKIDDER TO GAIN SPEED UNTIL THE EMPLOYEE COULD NO LONGER CONTROL THE MACHINE. THE SKIDDER RAN OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, DOWN AN EMBANKMENT AND CAME TO REST AFTER RUNNING OVER SOME CHUNKS, STUMPS AND A LOG. WHEN THE SKIDDER STRUCK THE LOG EMPLOYEE #1 WAS THROWN OUT OF THE SEAT AND UP AGAINST THE CANOPY CROSS-MEMBER. THE EMPLOYEE FELL TO THE GROUND WHERE TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES DISCOVERED HIM. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH A FRACTURED SKULL.
Keywords: fracture, brake, seat belt, skull, skidder, logging, lost control
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105234983 Hospitalized injury Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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