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Accident: 959817 - Employee Suffers Paralysis When Struck By Falling Tree

Accident: 959817 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/26/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11187879910/08/19912411Bozarth Logging Co
On September 26, 1991, a dead tree that was poorly evaluated fell and struck Employee #1, a choker setter for Bozarth Logging, in the back. He had been walking away from three logs he had choked about 70 ft downhill from where the dead tree was standing. First aid was administered. Employee #1 was then transported by crummy and ambulance to Marshall Hospital in Placerville, then transferred by helicopter to UC Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Employee #1 sustained a broken back, multiple breaks of the right leg, and total paralysis of the lower half of his body. The dead tree appeared to have fallen because of vibrations from equipment being used in the area. The tree's base and roots were totally rotted out.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, vibrations, back, tree, struck by, falling object, logging, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111878799 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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