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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302688783 - Mark Cook D.B.A. Cook Trucking

Inspection Information - Office: Syracuse

Nr: 302688783Report ID: 0215800Open Date: 10/13/1999

Mark Cook D.B.A. Cook Trucking
Tweety Rd.
East Branch, NY 13756
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: China Rd., P.O. Box 191, Deposit, NY 13754

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/13/1999
Emphasis: L:Logging, S:LoggingClose Case:02/22/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200880359Event: 10/12/1999Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree
Employee #1 and two coworkers were felling trees in an area of land near East Branch, NY. One coworker, his son, was helping him cut trees while the other coworker was skidding the trees to a landing. At the time of the accident, the son was preparing to fell a 75 ft tall maple tree. The father watched, advising him with felling techniques, explaining what was considered to be a hazard tree, and discussing a felling plan that would not expose the feller to the risk of being struck by dead limbs extending from the stump. When Employee #1 and his son agreed on the plan, the operation began. Employee #1 stood about 10 ft from the stump and 90 degrees to the left of the planned fall direction. His son made a notch, at which time there was over 1 in. of bypass on the hinge. When he made the back cut, he removed the remaining hinge wood. The tree spun around on the stump, striking the Employee #1 on the head and killing him. The cause of the accident was the lack of hinge wood required to guide the tree to its intended path.
Keywords: head, tree felling, inexperience, struck by, falling object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302688783 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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