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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200920023 Event: 03/06/1998Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree
On March 6, 1998, Employee #1 was in the woods at a residential farm site, clearing a small stand of mixed hard- and softwood trees. He made a notch and a back cut in a maple tree, felling it as planned. As the tree came down, a pine tree approximately 20 ft away was pulled up by its root ball. It fell directly at Employee #1, at a 90 degree angle to the path of the maple tree. He was struck in the legs and torso by the pine tree, and was killed. Employee #1 was working alone; his son had left the immediate area and did not observe any of the activities leading up to the accident.
Keywords: tree felling, tree, struck by, falling object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301794988 Fatality Fracture Personal service occupations, n.e.c.

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