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Accident: 83121.015 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Trees

Accident: 83121.015 -- Report ID: 0155010 -- Event Date: 02/16/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1126550.01502/16/2016New England Tree Experts, Inc.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on February 16, 2016, Employee #1, a flagger, was working with a crew felling trees to clear a way for a power line. Employee #1 moved next to a wood chipper to watch the crew remove two small trees, then moved next to a bucket of a bucket truck. The trees fell and became entangled in the vines attached to the trees. A coworker moved behind the stuck trees to push them and they swung around in a circular motion. Employee #1 was struck in the right side of his head and killed.
Keywords: tree trimming, falling object, kick back, motor vehicle, flagger, chain saw, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1126550.015 78 M Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Flagman FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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