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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 103507315 - Nelson Tree Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

Nr: 103507315Report ID: 0522300Open Date: 03/22/1993

Nelson Tree Service Inc.
29756 Route 30 West
Hanoverton, OH 44427
Union Status: Union
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
Mailing: 3300 Office Park Drive, Dayton, OH 45439

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/22/1993
Close Case:06/04/1996

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,875 $0 $0 $750 $0 $2,625
Current Penalty $1,875 $0 $0 $750 $0 $2,625
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 06/03/1993 06/08/1993 $1,875 $1,875 $0 06/14/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 19040002 A 06/03/1993 07/06/1993 $750 $750 $0 06/14/1993 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 687756Event: 03/19/1993Employee Crushed When Notched Tree Fell
After notching a leaning tree trunk during a felling operation, workers were taking a break as the gasoline-powered chain saw was being refueled. The tree was about 1.2 meters in diameter near the base and 9.1 meters high. It had stood for about 10 minutes with an oversized notch that was about two-thirds the diameter of the tree, while crewmembers passed beneath the tree. As the crew supervisor passed beneath the tree, it fell on him and crushed him between the trunk and the stump. He sustained multiple internal injuries and was trapped for about 15 minutes until the rescue workers removed the tree by lifting it with air bags. The supervisor died of his injuries. The tree had a rotted area that could not support the weight of the leaning tree after it had been notched.
Keywords: tree felling, pinned, crushed, tree, struck by, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103507315 Fatality Other Supervisors, related agricultural occupations

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