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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1562695.015 - White Oak Tree Services

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South


Inspection Nr: 1562695.015
Report ID: 0626700
Date Opened: 11/08/2021

Site Address:
White Oak Tree Services
245 Shannon Road
Vidor, TX 77662

Mailing Address:
794 County Rd, 784, Buna, TX 77612

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/08/2021


Case Closed: 12/22/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1831270
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,459 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,459
Current Penalty $3,108 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,108
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. 01001A Serious 19100135 A01 04/29/2022 $3,108 $3,108 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19100140 C13 I 04/29/2022 $0 $4,351 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 140933.015
Event: 11/08/2021
Employee Is Killed In Fall From Tree

At 10:45 a.m. on November 8, 2021, Employee #1 was cutting down branches in an o ak tree that was being removed from a residential property. Employee #1 had fini shed cutting down the smaller branches on the main section of the tree. The nex t section to be cut was a large branch toward the bottom of the tree that was le aning approximately 70 degrees. Employee #1 assisted with rigging a bull rope t hat was attached to the lower branch. The rope was placed through some branches at the top of the tree in an attempt to lower and pivot the large branch that w as being cut. As the lower branch was cut, the top portion of the tree broke an d fell to the ground with the employee. Employee #1 fell approximately 35 feet to a concrete surface and sustained blunt force trauma to the head and body; he was pronounced dead on the scene. The rigging point did not have the structural integrity to withstand the weight and force of the branch being cut. The emplo yee was not removed from the tree prior to cutting the lower branch, and an alte rnate means of removing the tree when there was evidence of decay was not utiliz ed.

Keywords:blunt force trauma, concrete, fall, fall from elevation, head, tree care

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1562695.015 Fatality
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