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Inspection: 111897153 - Ca Forestry & Fire Protection

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Redding

Nr: 111897153Report ID: 0950623Open Date: 09/24/1990

Ca Forestry & Fire Protection
Mendocino Nf, South Of Grindstone Ridge
Alder Springs, CA 95939
Union Status: Union
SIC: 0851/Forestry Services
Mailing: 6105 Airport Road, Redding, CA 96002

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:StateGovt
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/01/1991
Close Case:02/06/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361049174    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170195820Event: 08/14/1990Employee Fighting Fire Is Killed By Falling Timber Snag
AT APPROXIMATELY 1:30 P.M. ON AUGUST 13, 1990, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STRUCK ON THE HEAD AND KILLED BY A FALLING TIMBER SNAG. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING ON A HOSELAY, ATTEMPTING TO CONTAIN A SPOT FIRE IN THE MENDORINO NATIONAL FOREST. THE FIRE WAS BURNING ON MODERATE TO STEEP SLOPES IN A MEDIUM TO HEAVY UNDERSTORY OF TIMBER. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ENGINEER HAD WARNED THEM ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR SNAG AND TOLD THEM TO GIVE IT ROOM AND TO GO AROUND IT. THE EMPLOYEES THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE GIVING IT ENOUGH SPACE. ONE WITNESS THOUGHT THAT THE SNAG LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD FALL IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN IT DID. THE EMPLOYEES HAD RECEIVED TRAINING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WAS PROVIDED. NO VIOLATIONS ARE BEING WRITTEN.
Keywords: firefighter, head, tree section, struck by, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111897153 Fatality Concussion Firefighting occupations

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