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Inspection: 1523247.015 - High Standards Tree & Landscaping, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 4


Inspection Nr: 1523247.015
Report ID: 0355114
Date Opened: 04/05/2021

Site Address:
High Standards Tree & Landscaping, Llc
6505 Rivington Road
Springfield, VA 22152

Mailing Address:
7230 Westmoreland Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/06/2021

Emphasis: S:Treetrim

Case Closed:

Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $20,115 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,115
Current Penalty $20,115 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,115
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 16VAC25-73-30.A 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $2,245 $2,245 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 01002 Serious 16VAC25-73-40.A.4 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $2,245 $2,245 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 01003A Serious 16VAC25-73-40.C.2 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $1,175 $1,175 $0 Z - Issued  
4. 01003B Serious 16VAC25-73-40.C.5 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  
5. 01004A Serious 16VAC25-73-40.D.2 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $1,175 $1,175 $0 Z - Issued  
6. 01004B Serious 16VAC25-73-40.D.8 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  
7. 01005 Serious 16VAC25-73-90.A.1.A 09/16/2021 10/21/2021 $13,275 $13,275 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 134526.015
Event: 04/04/2021
Employee Is Killed In Fall And When Struck By Falling Tree

At 2:20 p.m. on April 4, 2021, an employee was participating in felling a tree a nd was using a chain saw over 40 feet up the tree. He was tied off to the tree u sing a climbing belt and climbing spikes. A coworker was working as his groundma n holding a rope to lower section after he made a cut. After a particular cut, a section fell suddenly due to tree rot and put a load on the tree. The tree snap ped below the employee causing him to fall to the ground as the section landed o n him. He suffered severe chest injuries and was killed.

Keywords:blunt force, blunt force trauma, chain saw, chest, climbing, cutting, fall, falling object, head, ppe, skull, training, tree, tree climbing system, tree felling, tree section

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1523247.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction
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