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Logger killed by falling snag.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1995 Sep; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026327
Abstract
A 22-year-old logger was killed after being struck on the head by a falling snag (dead standing tree). The victim was working with one co-worker, who was selectively cutting trees which were approximately 22 inches in diameter. Standing approximately three feet from the tree being cut, the victim was not wearing a hard hat. The cut tree broke a snag about 35 feet up, causing the snag to fall and strike the victim on the head. The co-worker (tree feller) shouted to the victim, but he was unable to move away in time to avoid being hit. FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that tree fellers properly evaluate the area around timber to be felled so that potential hazards can be identified and appropriate control measures implemented. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a written safety program which includes worker training in recognizing, avoiding and abating hazards. 3. Provide and enforce the use of personal protective equipment. 4. Ensure that emergency messages can be transmitted and received quickly. 5. Designate a qualified person to conduct regular safety inspections.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers; Safety-helmets; Safety-monitoring;
Publication Date
19950921
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-110796
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-95KY078; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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