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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 109683425 - Tree Systems Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ft. Lauderdale

Nr: 109683425Report ID: 0418800Open Date: 04/19/1993

Tree Systems Inc
5660 Holly Lane
Jupiter, FL 33458
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/21/1993
Close Case:08/30/1993

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360958375    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14342059Event: 04/16/1993Employee Crushed By Tree Spade
A mechanic was assigned to make repairs on all the employer's equipment. The mechanic and the employer had devised a procedure to repair tree spades. The procedure involved job-made attachments using bolts and a chain to secure the parts of the tree spade during replacement. It was designed to be a two-person operation, and the mechanic was always the one who was actually on the tree spade replacing the broken part. On April 16, 1993, while the mechanic was at the equipment yard, two coworkers called to tell him that a tree spade needed to have a part replaced and that they would be arriving shortly to help him in the replacement. The mechanic began the operation by himself. He did not secure one attachment with bolts, did not use a cotter pin to secure one pin, and did not attach the chain to secure the parts of the spade together. After raising a part to align it with one attachment, he stood in front of the blade and wiggled it to properly align the broken part with the attachment. The blade fell, crushing and killing him.
Keywords: repair, unsecured, mechanic, cotter pin, lockout, crushed, blade, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 109683425 Fatality Other Industrial machinery repairers

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