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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14340368 Event: 07/22/1987Tractor Operator Killed When Impaled By Tree
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 22, 1987, Employee #1 was ploughing a fire break in preparation for burning a tract of land that would be re-planted with pine trees. He was using a Caterpillar tractor equipped with a V-shear blade. Employee #1 apparently traveled too far to the right and contacted a cypress tree that was lying parallel to the path of the tractor. The tree went past the blade and over the right track, breaking through the protective mesh at the lower front part of the cab. The tree bent the operator's padded metal seat and impaled Employee #1 below the rib cage, pinning him against the rear of the cab. He apparently died immediately.
Keywords: abdomen, impaled, work rules, equipment operator, tree, tractor, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101860252 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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