NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
Tree feller crushed by dislodged tree - South Carolina, October 10, 1992.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 93-01, 1993 May; :1-5
The case of a 53 year old male tree feller who was fatally crushed by a falling tree was described. The tree feller worked for a small logging company which had been subcontracted to clearcut a 20 acre tract of mixed timber for pulpwood and saw timber. The company did not have a safety policy, safety program, or basic safe work procedures. Informal safety talks were conducted sporadically. The feller had cut a 70 foot tall yellow pine which lodged against another yellow pine about 15 feet away. When the feller made an undercut in the support tree with a chain saw, the vibration apparently jarred the lodged tree loose. The lodged tree fell near the support tree and struck the feller. He died from crushing injuries to his head and shoulder. It is recommended that tree fellers should pull down lodged trees according to safe methods, and should not work under lodged trees. The employer should develop and implement a written safety program including worker training in recognizing, avoiding and abating hazards. A competent person should be designated to conduct regular safety inspections.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-93-01; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Logging-workers; Accident-analysis; Lumber-industry; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Lumberjacks
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division