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Accident: 82844.015 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 82844.015 -- Report ID: 0253620 -- Event Date: 11/23/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1108472.01511/24/2015Otsego Twn Hwy Dept
At 9:45 a.m. on November 23, 2015, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by a township highway department, were engaged in tree clearing operations along the side of a road. The coworker was cutting down a tree on an embankment that bordered the road. Employee #1 was on the road below the embankment, tasked with watching for the tree to fall and for any oncoming traffic. During the subsequent investigation, witnesses reported seeing Employee #1 walk toward the area where the tree was being cut. The tree fell and struck Employee #1. Employee #1, who sustained a broken neck and open skull fracture, was killed.
Keywords: struck by, neck, highway, fracture, falling object, construction, tree felling, tree, traffic control, skull
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1108472.015 27 M Fatality Fracture Heavy equipment mechanics FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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