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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 111475182 - City Of Yakima

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 5

Nr: 111475182Report ID: 1055350Open Date: 01/29/1991

City Of Yakima
1802 Tahoma Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Union Status: Union
SIC: 9199/General Government, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 2601 Fruitvale, Yakima, WA 98902

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/29/1991
Close Case:04/01/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $640 $0 $0 $0 $0 $640
Current Penalty $640 $0 $0 $0 $0 $640
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 0240008404 03/07/1991 01/29/1991 $480 $480 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 0240007304 A 03/07/1991 01/29/1991 $160 $160 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170234819Event: 01/29/1991Employee Killed When Struck By Flying Tree Limb
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 29, 1991, Employee #1 was felling a 70 ft tall, approximately 3 1/2 ft diameter maple tree. A cable from a backhoe was attached to the tree to help control the direction of the fall. Employee #1 had made the back cut, and as the maple began to fall, he stepped back approximately 30 ft southeast of the stump. The upper limbs of the falling tree struck against another maple approximately 35 ft to the northeast. A limb broke off of the maple being felled, flipped back, and struck Employee #1. He sustained a fractured skull, a broken nose, fractured ribs, a fractured left leg, and internal injuries. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died approximately 6 hours later.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, tree limb, work rules, skull, rib, struck by, flying object, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111475182 Fatality Fracture Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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