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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200515435 Event: 09/01/2011Employee Dies During Tree Felling
On September 1, 2011, Employee #1 and a coworker were felling tree limbs on a sugar maple tree at a rural residence. The tree had been damaged by a storm. While Employee #1 was located approximately 20 to 25 feet above the ground, standing on the last limb to be cut, the limb broke about 7 feet down from where he was standing. He was also tied-off to this portion of the limb, which caused Employee #1 to become entangled with the limb as they fell. Employee #1 struck the ground with the limb landing on top of his torso and another portion striking his head. Employee #1 died as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, pinned, torso, crushed, fall protection, struck by, elevated work plat, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315841882 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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