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Accident: 88260.015 - Employee Is Killed From Rope Injuries While Felling Tree

Accident: 88260.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 08/15/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1174947.01509/01/2016Jared'S Tree Service
At 2:00 p.m. on August 15, 2016, an employee was removing the upper section of a tree while aloft using climbing gear and tied off with a saddle. A rope was ti ed to the tree section above the employee with the other end attached to a vehic le to pull it away from a private residence. The employee had notched the trunk and was making a back cut with a chain saw when the blade became pinched. He in structed his coworker to allow some slack in the rope and, as the vehicle backed up, the upper portion of the tree snapped and fell in the opposite direction it was being pulled. The rope went between the employee and the section of the tr ee he was tied off to. The weight of the falling tree section forced the rope t o pull the employee backward from where his saddle was tied off and across his b ody. The employee was killed from internal injuries to his abdomen and chest a s well as sustaining head trauma.
Keywords: abdomen, chain saw, chest, head, rigging, rope, struck by, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1174947.015 24 M Fatality Timber cutting and logging occupations

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