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Accident: 710475 - Two Employees Killed When Struck By Swinging Log

Accident: 710475 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 04/17/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10826235304/18/19912411Don Whitaker Logging Inc
At approximately 12 noon on April 17, 1991, Employees #1 and #2 and a coworker set four chokers on a bucked fir log and some tree length hardwoods (measuring approximately 50 to 70 ft). The three men exited uphill, approximately 40 ft from the rigging. The hardwoods were very brushy, and the crew did not know the lengths of the logs or what was under the brush. When the log started to move, one of the hardwoods pivoted on a stump under the brush, and its top swung toward the crew. Employees #1 and #2 were struck and thrown against the coworker, knocking him to the ground. The coworker stopped the rigging and checked on the injured employees. He found Employee #1 dead. Employee #2 was breathing and had a heartbeat. Employee #2 was transported by helicopter to Emanuel Hospital, but died at approximately 8:30 a.m. on April 18, 1991. The coworker was not injured.
Keywords: log, obstructed view, work rules, choker setter, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108262353 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations
2 108262353 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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