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Accident: 200103877 - Employee Dies In Fall From Hydraulic Lift Bucket

Accident: 200103877 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 05/12/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31555241405/13/20119999Smedley'S Tree Service
On May 12, 2011, Employee #1, the owner/operator of a tree trimming business, was working at a private residence to remove a tree. While working from the bucket of a truck mounted hydraulic lift, at an approximate height of 30-feet high, the bucket lift's hydraulic cylinder detached from its anchor position. This caused the bucket to drop to the ground. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby medical facility, where he was treated for a fractured leg, as well as severe internal injuries. He died as a result of his injuries. The accident investigation determined that Employee #1was not wearing any personal protective equipment, such as a harness and lanyard. In addition, the bucket truck was a converted U-Haul truck chassis, with a non-OEM hydraulic bucket lift mounted. Further, there was a significant lack of preventive and proper maintenance of the hydraulic bucket lift, which contributed to the lifting arm becoming unattached.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, tree felling, struck against, equipment failure, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315552414 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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