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Investigation of the March 5, 2011, Building 488, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Tree Felling Injury

April 2011

On Saturday, March 5, 2011 at approximately 10:20 a.m., a Brookhaven National Laboratory Building and Grounds Utility Worker was felling a pine tree while elevated in a 60-foot articulating and telescoping boom lift approximately 20-feet above the ground on the south side of Building 488. As the gas-powered, 20-inch chainsaw being used by the employee cut through the tree trunk, an approximately 8-foot long, 18-inch diameter, 520 pound section of tree trunk fell toward the aerial lift, striking the employee’s right forearm, and compressing it against the top railing of the aerial lift basket.