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Accident: 828111 - Employee Killed When Struck By Ricocheting Tree

Accident: 828111 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 04/16/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10425761304/18/19911629Transportation, Department Of
Employee #1 was at a site that was being cleared in preparation for building construction. He was approximately 8 ft above the ground, standing in the bucket of a Ford front end loader, A625R5058, using a Homelite Super XL chain saw, #UT-100454, to fell an oak tree. The east limb of the tree, which had two main limbs, had already been cut, and a 70 ft nylon rope was being used to control the direction of the fall. It was connected to the chain on one end and to a John Deere front end loader, JD450, serial #114868T, on the other end. The chain was attached to the west limb approximately 25 ft above the ground. The tree fell, hit the ground, and bounced back, striking Employee #1 in the chest and crushing him against the bucket. He was killed.
Keywords: chest, tree felling, construction, crushed, tree, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104257613 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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