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Accident: 732735 - Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 732735 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/09/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
320274405/12/19862411John C. Blakely Logging
Employee #1 was using a chain saw to cut down a 12 in. diameter sweet gum tree. The tree fell on a 6 in. diameter sweet gum tree and then kicked back, striking the employee in the chest. He was killed when his thoracic aorta ruptured. The weather conditions were good, the path of retreat was adequate, and the employee's instructions were clear. No violations were noted.
Keywords: chest, kick back, tree felling, work rules, rupture, tree, struck by, artery, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3202744 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Timber cutting and logging occupations

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