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Accident: 93932.015 - Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree And Is Killed

Accident: 93932.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 02/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1208064.01502/01/2017078270630 - Spring Island Property Owners Association
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on February 1, 2017, an employee was working alone. The crew had worked on the site for several days clearing brush, debris and down trees damaged during the hurricane at a residential lot. The employee was cutting a dead pine tree approximately 70 feet that had a very small lean in it. The employee was operating a Stihl chainsaw, Model Number 290, Company Number LM68 to remove the tree. The top portion had blown down many years ago. When the employee started to cut the tree down, the upper portion of the tree fell in the opposite direction, while the middle and bottom portion fell towards the intended direction. The upper portion landed directly onto the employee's chest area. The employee suffered blunt force trauma to the head, neck, torso, anterior lower extremities. He also sustained injuries also to the anterior right arm, right forearm, anterior right thigh, left knee, and fractured left tibia and fibula. The employee was killed.
Keywords: struck by, tree, chain saw, falling object, tree felling
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1208064.015 47 M Fatality Cancer Occupation not reported

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