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Inspection: 105751143 - Homer And Harold Burgan

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 10

Nr: 105751143Report ID: 0355110Open Date: 10/08/1990

Homer And Harold Burgan
.5 Mi. North Terminus Rt. 644, Ben Hur Community
Lee County, VA 24218
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: Route 2, Box 712, Jonesville, VA 24263

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/08/1990
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/04/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 953737Event: 10/01/1990Employee Killed When Hit By Falling Tree
At 2:55 p.m. on October 1, 1990, Employee #1 and his twin brother were cutting trees for saw logs. Employee #1 cut a large poplar, then a 20 in. black oak. One or both of these trees fell against an 8 in. sassafras, breaking it at the ground. Apparently, the sassafras lodged against some other standing timber and remained upright for a period of time. The brother saw the tree start to fall and yelled to Employee #1, who was operating his chain saw. The brother found that Employee #1 had been hit by the falling tree and forced face-down onto the stump of the 20 in. black oak; he died of severe skull fractures.
Keywords: fracture, tree felling, lodged tree, skull, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105751143 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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