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Logger dies after being struck by falling tree.

Missouri Department of Health
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 98MO023, 1999 Jul; :1-3
On April 1, 1998, a 40-year-old male timber cutter (victim) died after being struck by a falling tree. The victim was part of a five-man crew working a selective-cut logging contract. He and another cutter had felled several trees and were waiting for the skidder to pull two logs out of the area. Without warning the logs being skidded out rolled and struck a standing tree, which sheared off at the base and began to fall. The skidder operator yelled a warning and the victim began running away from the skidder. He ran directly into the path of the falling tree and was struck on the head and shoulders. The co-workers came to the aid of the victim but he died within minutes at the scene. The purpose of the FACE Program is to identify risk factors that contribute to worker injury and death, and to make recommendations to employers and individuals on how similar events can be avoided. From the information collected about this incident, the MO FACE investigator concluded that employers should: 1. ensure that employees are trained in hazard awareness and proper escape procedures; 2. develop, implement and enforce a written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, worker training in hazard identification and avoidance.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers; Lumberjacks; Traumatic-injuries; Forestry; Forestry-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MO023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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