Indiana Conservation Office Press Release:
Indiana Conservation Officers investigated a tree stand accident on Saturday November 17, 2012, which was the opening day of Indiana’s deer firearms season. The investigation found that Philip L. Knepp, 36 years old of Odon had just climbed into a fixed position tree stand and heard something “pop”. The stand gave way, and Knepp fell approximately 25 feet. Investigating Officers found that the straps holding the stand to the tree had given way. Knepp was not using any type of safety harness at the time.
Knepp was transported to Daviess Community Hospital by Southwest Ambulance Service for treatment of back injuries. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.
Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind everyone to check their equipment for damage and or wear before using it and to always use a fall restraint system such as a full body harness or vest system.