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Accident: 958702 - Logger Injured When Struck By Treetop During Tree Felling

Accident: 958702 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 12/17/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11192274601/10/19922411Columbia Helicopters
On December 17, 1991, a 30 in. diameter pine tree that Employee #1, a timber faller for Columbia Helicopter, had just felled struck a 9 in. diameter cedar tree about 40 ft away. The felled pine tree caused the cedar tree to bend away and spring back as it broke into sections. Employee #1, who was about 10 ft behind the left side of the tree that he had cut, was struck by the 10 ft long top section. Employee #1 sustained fractures of the right leg, back, and left shoulder. Employee #1 couldn't see the top of the cedar coming from the right side. It was determined that Employee #1 had followed all proper cutting procedures.
Keywords: fracture, shoulder, tree felling, back, tree, tree section, struck by, logging, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111922746 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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