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Accident: 92864.015 - The Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree And Is Killed.

Accident: 92864.015 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 02/03/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1208119.01502/06/2017Wards Tree Service
At approximately 12:18 p.m. on February 3, 2017, an employee was exposing tree r oot balls prior to pushing over standing tree trunks. The employee exposed root ball of a standing 87 foot tall pine tree trunk and attempted to push the trunk over with a Deere 50D mini excavator without success. He abandoned effort and m oved to another tree. Coworkers saw the original tree trunk start to lean and f all towards the employee and yelled to him to clear out. The employee backed his Deere 50D away from the tree but ultimately left the ROP protected operator's p osition and was struck down by the tree directly outside of the Deere 50D. The e mployee suffered from crushed chest, crushed abdomen, broken leg and broken arm. The employee was killed.
Keywords: abdomen, arm, chest, crushed, excavator, falling object, fracture, leg, struck by, tree
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 0 0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1208119.015 44 M Fatality Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause:

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