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Inspection: 101897106 - Ragan Logging

Inspection Information - Office: Boise

Nr: 101897106Report ID: 1032500Open Date: 06/05/1987

Ragan Logging
Little North Fork Of The Clear Water River
Avery, ID 83802
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/05/1987
Emphasis: L:LoggingClose Case:09/09/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360690564    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14440697Event: 06/05/1987Employee Killed When Pinned By Overturned Yarder
On June 4, 1987, Employee #1 and two coworkers were at a logging site south of Avery, Idaho. Employee #1 was operating a homemade log yarder (an Idaho jammer) mounted on a 1945 Peterbilt truck. The yarder had been guyed to four stumps the night before. Two of the stumps (the goose guy and the middle guy) were on the hill above the yarder, one stump was in front of the truck, and one was on the hill below the yarder. Employee #1 was yarding a log up the hill when it became caught on another log. In an attempt to free it, he gave an extra tug on the yarder line. The extra tug pulled the upper two guy wires free, causing the yarder to tip over in the direction of the pull. Employee #1 was pinned to the ground by the canopy support bar and the operator's seat. He died of asphyxia within 5 minutes.
Keywords: yarding, asphyxiated, unsecured, pinned, work rules, equipment failure, guy, logging, overturn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101897106 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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