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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 operati ons for brush removal and tree felling. A 116 ft tree would be felled and the cr ank and rope pulling method would be used. The employee and a coworker #1 were o perating the crank while coworker #2 made the notch and back cut on the tree. T his method requires a rope to be secured to a nearby anchor point and to the tre e that is going to be felled. A jack is then attached to the rope and cranked wh ich 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: falling object, head, struck by, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1108333.015 42 M Fatality Agriculture and forestry teachers

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