Smashed Hand

Date of incident


Location of incident

Traverse City Michigan United States

Age of impacted party



Serious Injury

Type of incident

Cut body part, Tree failure

Type of equipment involved

Heavy equipment (excavator, skidsteer, grapple, knuckleboom)

Type of injury


Bodily injury to

Upper limb

Action taken

First aid administered (not by medical professional), Offsite Medical Professional assistance, Insurance claim

Involvement of contributor

Worker performing task


Sunny/mostly sunny

Causes of the incident

Complacency, Part tree failure, Completely unforeseeable accident

Description of incident

I was reversing through the forest on a ditch witch 1050 skid steer and was dragging a medium sized white birch top. The path wasn’t large but I was not having to go at a slower pace. Just before I exited the forest I looked behind me as the top I was dragging grabbed a dead ash tree pole that was 8 inches around and 40 plus feet tall. The tree reverberated and broke off halfway up. It spun its way down and landed just perfect to lever itself at full momentum off the hood and the very but smashed down onto my hand.

Contributing factors

Definitely had too much confidence and was not going at an appropriate speed for the part I was doing.

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