At approximately 11:30 a.m. on May 16th, Henry, a tree feller, was trapped by a tree that had fallen against another tree and had suddenly become dislodged. Henry yelled for help for almost 10 minutes before another worker came to see why Henry’s machine had stopped running. The worker called 911, but he struggled to describe the location of the incident. He also had a hard time communicating how to get to the site via logging roads. It took emergency responders 90 minutes to find the crew.
The logging crew was instrumental during the response effort. Under the guidance of emergency personnel, a member of the crew removed the log from Henry using a feller‐ buncher. Due to Henry’s distance from the road and the severity of his injuries, a rescue helicopter was called. The logging crew went to work clearing a 100 x 100 landing zone, as instructed by the emergency responders. Almost 2.5 hours after the incident, Henry was loaded into the helicopter and transported to the closest major hospital. His lower body was completely crushed and he suffered multiple internal injuries. Doctors could not stop the internal bleeding and Henry died later that night.
Take Home Message:
Three main issues for logger response and rescue:
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