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Timber cutter/skidder operator killed by falling tree - West Virginia, January 28, 1994.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Feb; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00221239
Abstract
A timber cutter/skidder operator died after being struck by a tree that had been felled by a coworker. The 23 year old male victim had been employed by a small logging company with five employees that had been operating for 21 years. No written safety policy, safety program, or established safe work procedures were in place at the time of the incident. Rain had been falling all morning. The victim was assigned the tasks of limbing and setting chockers, but he apparently decided to fell a number of trees before starting limbing. He completed an undercut on his second tree and moved to the opposite side to make a backcut. The timber cutter, working about 60 feet away, had felled one tree and moved to another tree which was 90 feet long, and 21 inches in diameter. Although the undercut was made so that the tree should have fallen away from the victim, the holding wood was cut through when the backcut was made. The tree twisted on its stump, and fell in the direction of the victim who was stooped over using a chain saw to fell a tree. He was struck on the back. His death was listed as due to crushing injuries to the back. The investigators caution that employers should ensure workers are assigned to separate work areas. A safety program was also recommended which would include worker training in proper tree felling techniques. A competent person was to be designated who would conduct regular safety inspections.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-94-05; Accident-analysis; Forestry-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Lumber-industry; Logging-workers
Publication Date
19940223
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-218393
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-94-05
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 No. FACE-94-05, 7 pages, 2 references
State
WV
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