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Accident: 840173 - Employee Killed In Fall From Tree

Accident: 840173 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 02/02/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12231616902/05/19970783Green Team Tree Service
Employee #1 was 6.1 meters (20 feet) above the ground in a tree trimming branches. He was using a long line and a buck strap as fall restraint. He moved the long line, but did not secure the buck strap. The branch he was standing on broke and he fell to the sidewalk. The employee broke his back and the force of the impact tore the aorta from his heart. He died from loss of blood.
Keywords: heart, loss of blood, unsecured, work rules, tree, fall, fall protection, artery, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122316169 Fatality Other Forestry workers, except logging

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