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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14547970 Event: 07/11/1986Employee Killed When Struck By Pivoting Log
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 11, 1986, Employee #1, of the Tuxekon Logging Co., was using a 181 Husqvarna power saw to buck a 16 in. top diameter by 40 ft 10 in. long log from a felled tree. When the log was cut, it began to roll away from him. The severing action dislodged the remaining 65 ft section of the tree, which lay diagonally on a 50 percent grade. The tree slid down the slope, struck a standing tree, and pivoted around, with the freshly bucked end swinging up near Employee #1. He lost his balance and fell into the path of the swinging tree section. The log struck him in the chest, causing massive crushing injuries and a broken neck. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: chest, log, work rules, steep grade, crushed, neck, struck by, bucking, logging, lost balance
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 15270762 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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