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Accident: 95959.015 - Employee Is Struck By Tree And Is Injured

Accident: 95959.015 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 05/17/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1233176.01505/17/2017Stumpy'S Tree Service, Inc.
At 8:30 a.m. on May 17, 2017 , Employee #1 was working as part of four-man crew to remove trees from the backyard of a residential property. Employee #1 was ass igned to operate the stump grinder on this project. Employee #1 was positioned n ext to the stump grinder, when one of the crew members signaled that a tree was about to be felled. Employee #1 acknowledged that the tree was about to fall; h owever, did not move. After a back cut was performed on the tree, it began to fa ll in a different direction than originally intended. The branches of the cut tr ee became hung up on the branches of an adjacent tree, and then soon turned shar ply to the left and fell where Employee #1 was standing. Employee #1 attempted t o escape the fall path of the tree, but became pinned between the tree and the g round. Employee #1 sustained a broken shoulder, fractured collarbone, and six br oken ribs, which he was hospitalized and received treatment.
Keywords: collarbone, falling object, rib, shoulder, struck by, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1233176.015 34 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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