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Timber cutter killed by falling tree limb - West Virginia, January 13, 1995.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1995 Feb; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00225278
Abstract
An accident was described in which a 49 year old male timber cutter (and coowner) died 1 day after being struck on the head by a falling tree limb. The employer in this incident was a small logging company with five employees, two of whom were coowners. The incident occurred on the second day in business for the company. Five workers were at a 25 acre site where hardwood trees were to be harvested. The victim had felled trees for most of the day at the time of the accident. He made a standard undercut in a 100 foot tall, 22 inch diameter yellow poplar tree, and then made a backcut. The victim remained at the base of the tree trimming hingewood. As the taller poplar fell, it contacted a branch of a smaller poplar, forcing it backward until the larger tree cleared it. This limb sprang forward, completely breaking at the point of contact with the larger tree, and fell toward the victim, striking him on his head, knocking him to the ground. The force of the limb striking the helmet caused multiple trauma to his head. Recommendations include that tree fellers properly evaluate the area around timber to be felled so that potential hazards can be identified and eliminated, that employers should ensure that workers prepare adequate escape paths and move a safe distance from the base of the tree as it is falling, that employers ensure workers are assigned to separate work areas, and that a written safety program be developed and implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-95-03; Accident-analysis; Logging-workers; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Head-protective-equipment
Publication Date
19950213
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-200465
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-95-03
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-95-03, 7 pages, 1 reference
State
WV
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