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Tree feller dies after being struck by a chain saw - South Carolina, October 9, 1992.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1993 Apr; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00213739
Abstract
The case of a 33 year old male tree feller who was fatally injured after being struck by a chain saw was reviewed. The victim was working at the time of the accident for a small pulpwood and firewood logging company which had been operating for 25 years. There was no written safety program nor established safe work procedure. The victim was felling, limbing and bucking trees with a 4 horsepower, 16 inch bow bar chain saw which was about 1 year old. As he was cutting through a spring pole, the tension was released and the remaining section of limb recoiled, causing the chain saw to kick back toward the victim, catching him in the throat. He died from transection of the trachea and great vessels of the neck. It was recommended that tree fellers limb trees according to safe methods as specified in 29 CFR 1910.266 for pulpwood logging. It was also recommended that employers develop, implement and enforce a written safety program. Employers should also provide first aid equipment and training for use at the jobsite.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-93-02; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Logging-workers; Accident-analysis; Chain-saws; Safety-research; Power-tools; Traumatic-injuries; Lumber-industry; Lumberjacks
Publication Date
19930407
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-214120
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-93-02
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-93-02, 6 pages, 1 reference
State
SC; WV
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