Tree feller killed by a piece of wood from a falling tree - Pennsylvania, April 2, 1996.
NIOSH 1996 May; :1-5
The case of a tree feller killed when he was struck by a piece of wood from a falling tree was examined. The victim worked for a small logging company that did not have a written safety program but did provide safety information in the form of videos and on the job training. The victim was felling trees on a mountainside with a slope of approximately 10% when a limb from a large tree he had felled struck a smaller tree causing it to break in two places. A piece of wood from the smaller tree then catapulted toward the ground and struck the victim in the head. The victim died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. It was recommended that employers ensure that tree fellers properly evaluate the area in which they are working to identify and avoid potential hazards, that employers provide, implement, and enforce written safety programs, that employers require that all employees be trained in first aid, and that a competent person be designated by employers to conduct regular safety inspections.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-96-14; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Logging-workers; Occupational-hazards; Lumber-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Head-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-96-14, 5 pages