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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1498014.015 - Big M Excavating, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Birmingham


Inspection Nr: 1498014.015
Report ID: 0418300
Open Date: 10/16/2020

Site Address:
Big M Excavating, Inc.
Intersection Of Hagler Coaling Road And Davis Drive
Coaling, AL 35453

Mailing Address:
10817 Middle Coaling Rd, Cottondale, AL 35453

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/13/2021


Close Case:02/28/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1673257
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $13,653 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,653
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $13,653 $0 $13,653
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 19100266 I05 IV 04/13/2021 03/10/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 05/06/2021 J - ALJ Decision  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 130447.015
Event: 10/15/2020
Employee Is Killed When Falling Tree Hits Excavator

At 1:00 p.m. on October 15, 2020, Employee #1, employed by a site preparation co nstruction company, was operating an excavator to fell a 40-foot oak tree. He w as working alone and in proximity to overhead power lines. He had received no i nstructions specific to this assignment. As the tree fell, rather than falling away from the excavator, it fell in the direction of the equipment. The tree hi t the top of the excavator cab. Employee #1 was fatally crushed.

Keywords:blunt force trauma, construction, contact, crushed, equipment operator, excavator, falling object, logging, struck by, tree felling, untrained

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1498014.015 Fatality Excavating and loading machine operators
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