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Accident: 97350.015 - Supervisor Is Struck By Tree Limb And Incurs Leg Fracture

Accident: 97350.015 -- Report ID: 0152300 -- Event Date: 06/27/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1247773.01506/29/2017City Of Biddeford
At 8:30 a.m. on June 27, 2017, Employee #1, a supervisor, and Coworker #1, both employed by a city public works department, were at a jobsite where a storm drai n pipe recently had been replaced. Coworker #1 was operating an excavator to cl ean up debris and prepare the earth for grass seed. Employee #1 was checking on the work progress. Using the excavator, Coworker #1 picked up a tree approxima tely 6 inches to 8 inches in diameter and 50 feet to 70 feet in length. The exc avator did not securely clamp onto the tree, and the top of the tree, approximat ely 3 inches in diameter, whipped toward Employee #1 and struck him in the calf of his left leg. Employee #1 fell to the ground. Emergency services were calle d, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was treated for a fractu red left fibula.
Keywords: cleaning, construction, excavator, fall, falling object, fracture, leg, struck by, tree, tree limb
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Maintenance or repair   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 1247773.015 58 M Non Hospitalized injury FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause:

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