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Timber cutter killed by falling tree limb - South Carolina, December 15, 1994.
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 95-04, 1995 May; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 56 year old male timber cutter who was struck by a falling tree limb. The employer was a small logging company with three employees in operation for 44 years. The victim had worked for the employer for 36 years. The victim felled a forked poplar tree and as the tree fell one fork split in half and lodged in a standing tree while the other fell to the ground. A skidder operator pulled the lodged fork from the standing tree. After the lodged fork had been freed from the tree, the victim was not seen by the operator of the skidder who climbed onto one of the skidder tires to see better. He observed the victim in a kneeling position, face down against the felled tree. A tree limb had struck the victim at the base of the skull, breaking his neck and causing a basal skull fracture. It is recommended that employers ensure that when lodged trees are being removed by mechanical means, observers remain in the clear, a safe distance from the operation.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-95-04; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Logging-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Forestry-workers; Head-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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