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Accident: 92290.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 92290.015 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 01/18/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1204052.01501/19/2017Creamer Dozer Service Inc.
At about 12:15 p.m. on January 18, 2017, an employee was standing next to a tree that was 75 feet from the base of the tree being felled. An excavator operator was digging a hole around the base of a tree with the intention of using the excavator to push the tree over in the direction of the intended fall. When the excavator operator dug the last part of the hole, severing the last of the feeder roots holding the tree up, the tree unexpectedly fell in the direction of the employee, same basic direction where it was intended to fall. The employee was struck in the neck, shoulder, arm and leg of his left side. The employee was killed.
Keywords: struck by, falling object, tree felling, tree
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1204052.015 40 M Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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