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Inspection: 1616479.015 - Grassman Lawn Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Milwaukee


Inspection Nr: 1616479.015
Report ID: 0523400
Date Opened: 08/23/2022

Site Address:
Grassman Lawn Service Inc.
9910 99th Avenue 42.569430, -87.930286
Kenosha, WI 53142

Mailing Address:
1565 200th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 12/15/2022


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1937513
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $22,768 $0 $0 $4,465 $0 $27,233
Current Penalty $17,858 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,858
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 5A0001 01/26/2023 $15,625 $15,625 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002A Serious 19100147 C01 01/26/2023 03/15/2023 $4,465 $4,465 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
3. 01002B Serious 19100147 C04 I 01/26/2023 03/15/2023 $2,233 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 01003 Other 19101200 E01 01/26/2023 03/15/2023 $0 $2,678 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
5. 02001 Other 19040039 A02 01/26/2023 02/07/2023 $0 $4,465 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 149044.015
Event: 08/19/2022
Employee Dies From Drowning When Mower Trapped In Pond

At 3:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022, an employee was operating an eXmark Lazer Z E-S eries zero-turn lawnmower to mow grass. The employee was operating the mower app roximately five feet from the edge of a retention pond on an incline of approxim ately 15 degrees. The roll-over protective structure (ROPS) was in the up posit ion at the time of the incident. The weight of the mower and the conditions of t he soil beside the pond resulted in the mower entering the pond, where it sunk i nto the pond bottom and trapped the employee. Coworkers attempted to remove the employee from the mower but were not successful. Emergency responders arrived, r emoved the employee from the pond, and transported him to the hospital. The empl oyee remained in the intensive care unit for three days until he was pronounced dead from drowning.

Keywords:drown, drowning, landscaper, landscaping, lawn mower, rops, roll-over, unstable soil, water

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1616479.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction
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