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Tree feller crushed by falling tree - Virginia, August 25, 1992.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1993 Feb; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00213104
Abstract
A tree feller was killed when a falling tree struck him from behind while he was limbing a fallen tree. The 45 year old male tree feller was employed by a logging company that specialized in hardwood timber logging. Four fellers and a feller/breacher operator were clearing a tract of hardwood timber. The four fellers began limbing trees that had been felled the previous day. Later the feller/breacher operator began to cut a 26 inch diameter hollow tree but the chain kept flying off the bar. The feller/breacher operator had tried to cut the tree from both sides and was in the process of fixing the chain a second time when the victim began to cut limbs from a felled tree 45 feet in front of the partially cut tree. A strong gust of wind snapped the partially cut tree, allowing it to fall on the victim, who did not hear the warning cries of his fellow workers due to the noise of his own chain saw. He died of a skull fracture. It was recommended that employers should develop and enforce a written safety program, provide training in recognizing and avoiding hazards, and designate a qualified person to conduct periodic safety inspections.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-92-38; Lumberjacks; Lumber-industry; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Chain-saws; Logging-workers
Publication Date
19930209
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-188571
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-92-38
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-32
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-92-38, 5 pages, 1 reference
State
VA; WV
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