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Accident: 740688 - Employee Injured By Falling, Sharp-Ended Limb

Accident: 740688 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 12/01/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11190777012/03/19922411Soper-Wheeler Co
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on December 1, 1992, after felling a tree, Employee #1 had stepped 22 ft back and away from the stump on the opposite side of the tree. A section of limb sprang backward after the felled tree brushed a large sugar pine tree, causing a green limb to bend and snap back. The section of limb was 55 in. long by 6 in. in diameter; one end was very sharp. The limb traveled 60 ft and fell about 70 ft from the large sugar pine tree, striking Employee #1 in the face and left leg. Employee #1 was transported to Marysville/Laporte Road by ambulance and then flown by helicopter to Enloe Hospital in Chico. He was treated for fractures of the upper jaw and palate and a deep, 8 in. laceration of the left calf muscle, which was nearly sheared off. Employee #1 also lost two upper front teeth and had stitches from his nose to the bottom of his chin.
Keywords: fracture, tree felling, tree limb, laceration, struck by, face, falling object, logging, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111907770 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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