Falling tree limb strikes logger.
The case of a logger who suffered fatal head injuries after being struck on the head by a falling limb while select cutting mature timber was examined. On May 6, 1983, four workers were involved in cutting a 30 inch diameter tree. The workers included the owner/supervisor, a heavy equipment operator, a trimmer, and a general laborer. They were standing approximately 25 feet away from the tree at a 60 degree angle to its side as it fell. In the process of falling a dried upper limb of the tree brushed a neighboring tree causing it to snap off and fall vertically, striking the general laborer in the head and killing him. The victim was the most inexperienced of the four member work team and was reported to not have been looking up at the time of the accident. It was concluded that the workers were in the danger zone of the falling tree and should have stationed themselves at a 45 degree angle to the rear of the falling tree.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-83-005; Accident-analysis; Logging-workers; Occupational-accidents; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-83-005, 3 pages, 4 references