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Accident: 85004.015 - Employee Is Injured While Cutting Tree And Later Dies

Accident: 85004.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/02/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1113506.01512/10/2015078369767 - Slaton Tree Removal
On December 2, 2015, an employee climbed an oak tree approximately 35 feet from the ground at a customer's home. The oak tree was approximately 70 feet in heigh t, and approximately 22 inches in diameter. The employee made a face-cut first. When the employee started the back cut, the tree split down the side. The top p ortion of the tree fell to the ground below next to the tree. The split went app roximately 10 feet below the employee. The employee was wearing a belt harness around the waist with two lanyards around the tree. When the top portion of the tree split, it pulled the employee into or against the tree and popped one of t he carabineer clips and twisted the other. The employee repelled down the ridin g line, walked away from the tree, and was taken to the hospital by the owner. The employee died at the hospital because of blunt trauma of the abdomen. The em ployee was wearing his personal protective equipment, and had a safety line.
Keywords: abdomen, fall protection, struck against, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1113506.015 31 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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