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Accident: 85500.015 - Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree Branch And Is Killed

Accident: 85500.015 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 03/10/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1131617.01503/10/2016Environmental Quality Resources, Llc
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on March 10, 2016, an employee and coworkers were in the process of taking a 90-ft "Poplar" Tree down with an excavator. While the tree was being taken down, all workers were standing behind the excavator. The tree was to come down to the right of the excavator. The employee crossed the bridge and was standing to the left of the excavator when the tree started to come down towards him and one of the upper branches struck him in the back of the head. The employee sustained a fractured skull and was killed.
Keywords: struck by, tree felling, excavator, falling object, tree
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1131617.015 25 M Fatality Other Forestry workers, except logging

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