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Accident: 761387 - Employee Was Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 761387 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 04/28/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1848494905/02/19899621N. C. Dept. Of Transportation, Div. Of Highways
Employee #1, regularly a motor vehicle operator, was supervising a crew of four prison inmates in clearing a right of way for a road-widening project. Two inmates were piling brush on the east side of the road, one was operating a chain saw, and the other was using a bush ax. The inmate operating the chain saw was cutting a 6-inch diameter tree 30 to 35 feet tall. Employee #1 had finished setting out warning signs in the road and walked across the path of the falling tree while trying to position one of the men in a blind curve. The employee was struck on the head and shoulder by the tree suffering a fractured skull and dying the next day.
Keywords: tree felling, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18484949 Fatality Fracture Supervisors, motor vehicle operators

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