Worker killed by a tree falling from the roadside during lumber collecting work
[Circumstances of Incident]
This accident occurred during the
and collecting of larch logs.
A group of six workers was engaged in this
operation. Two workers were loading logs
on a truck at a flat space downhill from
the cutting site, where another worker was
cutting larch trees some distance from the
truck. Three other workers were collecting
lumber on a road near the site
by using two machines. One of these three
workers was hit by a tree standing at the
roadside that suddenly fell over on
him. The victim was waiting with his
colleagues to remove logs from the
The victim was immediately hospitalized
died from neck injuries.
The following can be cited as the major causes
of this accident.
1 The immediate cause of this
can be attributed to a strong wind
day, causing the tree to fall over.
2. Three days before the accident,
has been used to install a pulley through
which a wire rope was used to
longs to the loading site. It is possible
that the tree was exposed to considerable
weight and that its roots had been
3. The tree was growing on a steep
of some 35 degrees. A pumice layer
was found some
40cm below the ground surface. Accordingly,
it appears that the roots were
with adequate strength to
the pulling force.
[Type of business] Lumber felling [Type of accident] Crushed [Number of victims] One fatality