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Case Status: OPEN

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Inspection: 1573989.015 - Poor Folks Tree Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 2


Inspection Nr: 1573989.015
Report ID: 0355112
Date Opened: 01/24/2022

Site Address:
Poor Folks Tree Service Inc.
137 East Chester Street
Norfolk, VA 23503

Mailing Address:
101 South First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/23/2022

Emphasis: S:Fri, S:Ohpwrlne, S:Treetrim

Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 1857734 Yes
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $19,685 $0 $0 $19,685
Current Penalty $0 $0 $19,685 $0 $0 $19,685
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 Repeat 59.1-408.1 03/22/2022 $8,060 $8,060 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 01002 Repeat 16VAC25-73-30.A 03/22/2022 04/25/2022 $8,060 $8,060 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 01003 Repeat 16VAC25-73-40.C.2 03/22/2022 $3,565 $3,565 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 143282.015
Event: 01/24/2022
Employee In Tree-Trimming Crew Receives Electric Shock

At 9:00 a.m. on January 24, 2022, an employee was working for a landscaping serv ice. He was part of a crew that had been sent out to trim trees next to a privat e residence. He was working as a groundsman, or ground worker, positioned on the ground. Another member of the crew, an arborist, was operating an Altec model n umber LR760-E70 articulating device bucket truck. As the arborist was moving the bucket, the arm of the device contacted an overhead power line energized at 19. 9 kV (kilovolts). The bucket truck became energized. The employee, on the ground , touched the body of the truck while it was energized. He received an electric shock. He suffered burns to his hands and feet. He was hospitalized.

Keywords:arborist, bucket , electric shock, electrical burn, energized, foot, hand, landscaper, landscaping, overhead power line, tree, tree boom, tree care, tree trimming, truck boom

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1573989.015 Hospitalized injury Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm
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