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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 t ree was being taken down, all workers were standing behind the excavator. The t ree was to come down to the right of the excavator. The employee crossed the br idge 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 he ad. The employee sustained a fractured skull and was killed.
Keywords: excavator, falling object, struck by, tree, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1131617.015 25 M Fatality Forestry workers, except logging

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