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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1470452.015 - Superior Tree Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office


Inspection Nr: 1470452.015
Report ID: 0950615
Date Opened: 03/18/2020

Site Address:
Superior Tree Service Inc.
918 Escondido Ct
Alamo, CA 94507

Mailing Address:
14670 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 09/08/2020


Case Closed: 06/27/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1555170
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $28,350 $0 $0 $900 $0 $29,250
Current Penalty $28,350 $0 $0 $900 $0 $29,250
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 3421(M) 09/08/2020 $900 $900 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 02001 Serious 3421(C) 09/08/2020 $6,750 $6,750 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 03001 Serious 3423(B) 09/08/2020 $10,800 $10,800 $0 Z - Issued  
4. 04001 Serious 3426(B) 09/08/2020 $10,800 $10,800 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 124895.015
Event: 03/18/2020
Employee Is Killed When Energized While Tree Trimming

At approximately 4:37 p.m on March 18, 2020, Employee # 1 was in a tree, trimmin g the tops of trees at a private residence. He was using a pole saw, approximate ly 9 feet 6 inches long, without insulation, while working within 10 feet of ene rgized power lines. He was holding the pole with both hands. The back of the tre e was about 7 feet 6 inches from the power lines and the front was approximately 4 feet 2 inches of the 21,000 volt power lines. Employee # 1 made contact with the power lines, was electrocuted, causing him to catch on fire for almost an ho ur before the power could be shut off and fire department could retrieve him. He was killed. He died of cardiac arrest primarily and secondarily of burning to d eath internally. Employee # 2, the supervisor/sales rep, was responsible for set ting crews up for jobs, look for site specific hazards and address those hazards in a safety meeting prior to work starting. He did not do that, nor did he ensu re the power was shut off prior to work starting. The fire department notified the district office at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the CSHO arrived on the scene at approximately 7:00 p.m., the same day while Employee # 1 was still onsite. E mployee # 1 was still in the position that EMS left him after they tried to revi ve him. He was laying supine, with electrical burn marks on both hands.

Keywords:burn, cardiac arrest, contact, elec insulation, electrocuted, fire, fire brigade/department, insulated tool, power lines, saw, tree, tree trimming, utility pole, work rules

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1470452.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction
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