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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1492699.015 - Midwest Tree Care

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa


Inspection Nr: 1492699.015
Report ID: 0751910
Date Opened: 09/14/2020

Site Address:
Midwest Tree Care
1504 Osage Ct
Sioux City, IA 51104

Mailing Address:
33942 County Rd. K22, Sioux City, IA 51108

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 09/14/2020


Case Closed: 12/11/2020

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1659262
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $3,978 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,978
Current Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,000
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 Serious 19100067 C02 V 10/19/2020 12/07/2020 $3,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 129490.015
Event: 09/13/2020
Employee Is Killed In Fall While Trimming Trees

At 10:00 a.m. on September 13, 2020, an employee was removing a 10-inch diameter tree from the front yard of a private residence. The employee had tied a rope a round the tree so it could be dropped down in a controlled manner after it was c ut. After he cut a section of the tree the weight of the section broke the rope causing the arm that contained the bucket to spring up. The employee was thrown out of the bucket and fell 30-feet to the ground. The employee died on impact wi th the ground.

Keywords:blunt force trauma, ejected, fall, rope, safety control line, tree felling, tree section

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1492699.015 Fatality Timber cutting and logging occupations
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