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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202570388 Event: 04/15/2013Employee Dies From Falling Tree
On April 15, 2013, an incident occurred where Employee #1 and a coworker were attempting to fell a large cherry tree in the back yard of a private residence. Employee #1 was attempting to fell the top portion of the central trunk from an extension ladder. Employee #1 notched the tree and proceeded to fell the tree. It However, Employee #1 did not properly back cut the tree on the opposite side of the felling notch. Instead, Empolyee #1 attempted to cut from the interior of the notch to the rear of the tree. This method caused the tree to shift in the direction of Employee #1 which knocked him from the ladder. The upper portion of the tree dislodged from the trunk and landed on Employee #1 causing his death, due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Keywords: fracture, head, health care facility, saw, crushed, tree, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316916469 Fatality Fracture Laborers, except construction

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