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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1113506.015 - 69767 - Slaton Tree Removal

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 1113506.015Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 12/10/2015

69767 - Slaton Tree Removal
1911 Marley Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 119 Jackson St, Pelion, SC 29123

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/09/2016
Close Case:08/10/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $1,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3.39(A) 05/26/2016 05/31/2016 $1,500 $1,500 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 85004.015Event: 12/02/2015Employee Is Injured While Cutting Tree And Later Dies
On December 2, 2015, an employee climbed an oak tree approximately 35 feet from the ground at a customer's home. The oak tree was approximately 70 feet in height, and approximately 22 inches in diameter. The employee made a face-cut first. When the employee started the back cut, the tree split down the side. The top portion of the tree fell to the ground below next to the tree. The split went approximately 10 feet below the employee. The employee was wearing a belt harness around the waist with two lanyards around the tree. When the top portion of the tree split, it pulled the employee into or against the tree and popped one of the carabineer clips and twisted the other. The employee repelled down the riding line, walked away from the tree, and was taken to the hospital by the owner. The employee died at the hospital because of blunt trauma of the abdomen. The employee was wearing his personal protective equipment, and had a safety line.
Keywords: abdomen, struck against, tree felling, fall protection
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1113506.015 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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