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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 103677688 - Leslie Cutting Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Alaska

Nr: 103677688Report ID: 1050210Open Date: 10/10/1988

Leslie Cutting Co.
Whale Pass Area
Whale Pass, AK 99950
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: P.O. Box 1978, Wrangell, AK 99929

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/10/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/10/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 1434976Event: 10/09/1988Employee Killed When Struck By Lodged Tree
Employee #1, a tree feller, had cut a cedar tree at its base but it became hung up in the limbs of a hemlock tree. He then proceeded to cut down the hemlock while the cedar was still caught in it. He made a face cut in the hemlock and then started the back cut without cleaning out the wood in the face completely. Although there was still a 3 in. thick piece of holding wood, the hemlock went over and the cedar dropped. It struck and killed Employee #1, driving him into the ground. He should not have been underneath the cedar while the hemlock was being cut. The employee should have used another tree to dislodge the cedar or he should have consulted with the bullbuck (supervisor).
Keywords: tree felling, work rules, lodged tree, struck by, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103677688 Fatality Asphyxia Timber cutting and logging occupations

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