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Self-employed wood cutter dies when tree falls on him.

Authors
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91CO004, 1991 Jul; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20028560
Abstract
A 22-year-old wood cutter died from injuries sustained when a large tree he had cut suddenly released and fell across his back. The victim was felling a cottonwood tree that was to be cut and sold for firewood. After making two cuts with a chain saw, the victim was walking around the tree to determine why it had not fallen. The tree suddenly gave way and fell on the victim. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Survey the work-site to identify hazards. All employees should then be informed of the possible hazards. 2. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of projects.
Keywords
Region-8; 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; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers
Publication Date
19910718
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-108091
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91CO004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; WV
Performing Organization
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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