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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 471320.015 - The Davey Tree Surgery Company

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South


Inspection Nr: 471320.015
Report ID: 0626700
Open Date: 06/15/2012

Site Address:
The Davey Tree Surgery Company
Peek Rd & Park Walk Ln.
Katy, TX 77494

Mailing Address:
2617 S. Vasco Rd., Livermore, CA 94551

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference:


Close Case:08/11/2014

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 396932
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $8,000
Current Penalty $5,600 $0 $0 $800 $0 $6,400
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 Serious 5A0001 09/21/2012 10/21/2012 $5,600 $7,000 $0 10/16/2012 R - Review Commission  
2. 02001 Other 19040029 B04 09/21/2012 09/24/2012 $800 $1,000 $0 10/16/2012 R - Review Commission  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 19315.015
Event: 06/15/2012
Employees Is Killed In Fall During The Mechanical Failure Of

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on June 15, 2012, an employee was working from an aer ial lift (aerial boom with bucket) trimming trees along electrical right of way when the boom he was working from could not reach a certain area. He fully exte nded the boom to where it faced towards the rear of the truck and rotated the bo om in a counter clockwise manner. The bucket was raised to a height of approxima tely 30 feet above ground level when upon reaching approximately 10 o'clock duri ng the rotation; the boom became unattached at the turntable with all 20 bolts b eing sheared off. The bucket landed on the downhill slope of a "bayou" which add ed about 15 feet to the total height of the fall to 45 feet. The employee died of head and neck injuries. The mechanical failure of the boom's turntable caused the boom to fail.

Keywords:aerial lift, fall, mech malfunction, tree trimming

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 471320.015 Fatality Chainsaw Operator
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