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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 953984 Event: 10/01/1993Employee Killed When Struck By Tree Limb
Employee #1 and another employee were working as timber cutters. They had cut a poplar tree approximately 14 inches in diameter. The tree set back on the cut and failed to fall. The cutters called a third employee to bring the bulldozer he was operating and push the tree over. The falling poplar struck the tip of a limb from a small tree that stood approximately 5 feet from the two timber cutters. This limb fell, striking Employee #1 on the head and inflicting fatal injuries. Both timber cutters were wearing necessary safety equipment including hard hats.
Keywords: head, tree felling, tree limb, tree, bulldozer, falling object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112391743 Fatality Concussion Timber cutting and logging occupations

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