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Accident: 959973 - Choker Setter Injured When Struck By Falling Tree Top

Accident: 959973 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 11/05/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11187883111/14/19912411Robinson Enterprises
On Tuesday, November 5, 1991, Employee #1, of Robinson Enterprises, Inc., was working at a logging yarder site near Hell Hole Reservoir, CA. The choker setters were working about 200 ft below the yard and 50 ft to the left of the cable line. The ground crew had just sent a turn of two logs in to the yarder. They had just reached the cable line and started up the hill toward the yarder when one of the logs rolled across the hill into a standing cedar tree, dislodging the top 30 ft. The top sailed down, landing near Employee #1, who was on his knees setting a choker with his back to the turn. The top struck Employee #1 in the back of the right shoulder, pinning him against the log he was working on. He sustained a broken shoulder blade and collarbone. First aid was administered and he was taken by helicopter to Washoe General Hospital in Reno, NV.
Keywords: fracture, yarding, shoulder, unsecured, log, choker setter, tree section, struck by, falling object, logging
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111878831 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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