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Accident: 953604 - Employee Crushed To Death By Felled Tree

Accident: 953604 -- Report ID: 0355110 -- Event Date: 04/30/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11239701304/30/19922411Harmon Logging Company
Employee #1, a timber cutter, was felling a 24-foot poplar tree. He cut out a wedge and made a back cut to fell the tree. The tree split, pivoted on the split, and fell. The upper branches struck the ground, causing the tree to travel approximately 8 feet beyond the stump and crush Employee #1. The notch cut by Employee #1 indicated that the tree should have fallen in a northerly direction but fell due south instead. The reason for this change in direction is unknown. Employee #1 died from his injuries.
Keywords: tree felling, crushed, tree, struck by, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112397013 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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