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Logger dies after fall from skidder to tree stump.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 93WI197, 1994 Mar; :1-3
A logger (the victim) died after he apparently fell while climbing out of a log skidder, sustaining fatal chest injuries upon impact with a tree stump. The victim was working with another logger who was cutting trees while the victim used the skidder to drag logs to a landing area. The compartment flooring and step/rung of the skidder had shiny metal surfaces where the paint coating had worn away. The field where the incident occurred had tree stumps and cut branches, and an uneven soil surface. Shortly after the victim and co-worker returned from a break, the victim was found unresponsive by the co-worker, lying face down on a pile of logs near the log skidder. There were no witnesses to the incident. He was transported by air ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the employer should: 1. Ensure that work surfaces (e.g. equipment flooring and steps) have slip-resistant finishes. 2. Conduct a jobsite survey to evaluate equipment and work processes and remove or control safety hazards. 3. Develop and implement a written safety program that provides for training employees in hazard recognition and control.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Logging-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Safety-programs; Forestry-workers; Forestry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93WI197; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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