Self-employed wood cutter dies when tree falls on him.
NIOSH 1991 Jul; :1-2
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.
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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment