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Accident: 875062 - Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 875062 -- Report ID: 0932030 -- Event Date: 08/20/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11056319408/20/19919199Western Area Power Administration
An employee was cutting trees to prevent their coming in contact with an overhead power line. The employee did not back cut the tree to prevent splitting and to control the direction of its fall. When the cutting was one third complete, the tree, a 20-inch diameter cottonwood, split, swung out, and struck the employee. The tree continued to split rapidly, breaking from its stump and falling on the employee. He sustained several broken bones and internal injuries from the falling tree and died as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: fracture, tree felling, work rules, tree, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110563194 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Forestry workers, except logging

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