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Accident: 81274.015 - Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree And Killed

Accident: 81274.015 -- Report ID: 0454716 -- Event Date: 11/24/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1108333.01511/25/2015Asplundh Tree Expert Co
At 4:00 p.m. on November 24, 2015, an employee overseeing line clearance operations for brush removal and tree felling. A 116 ft tree would be felled and the crank and rope pulling method would be used. The employee and a coworker #1 were operating the crank while coworker #2 made the notch and back cut on the tree. This method requires a rope to be secured to a nearby anchor point and to the tree that is going to be felled. A jack is then attached to the rope and cranked which then pulls the tree in the desired direction after the back cut is made. As the tree fell, it struck a 122 ft tree. The 122 ft tree fell toward the escape route and fatally struck the employee on the head.
Keywords: struck by, falling object, head, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1108333.015 42 M Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Agriculture and forestry teachers

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