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Accident: 894840 - Employee Dies After Being Struck By Falling Tree Top

Accident: 894840 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 03/11/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11237409503/22/19910783Virginia Department Of Transportation
An employee was supervising a crew that was removing one living and one dead tree; both trees were growing from the same stump. The supervisor had instructed an employee to saw the living tree while a front-end loader was applying pressure so that the tree would not fall into the adjacent roadway. After the green tree had fallen, the supervisor instructed the employee operating the front-end loader to try to push the dead tree down, but it would not fall. The supervisor then told the operator to stop pushing against the dead tree, which sprang back when pressure was released. A whipping action caused the treetop to break off and strike the supervisor on the head. He sustained multiple injuries to his neck, back, face, and ribs and died of a heart attack as a result of trauma 5 days after the accident.
Keywords: heart, head, tree felling, heart attack, tree, tree section, struck by, falling object, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112374095 Fatality Fracture Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators

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