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Inspection: 111896668 - Gerspacher Bros. Logging

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Redding

Nr: 111896668Report ID: 0950623Open Date: 08/29/1990

Gerspacher Bros. Logging
Powellton Rd. & Skyway
Stirling City, CA 95978
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/29/1990
Close Case:02/02/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361049323    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $400
Current Penalty $400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3382 A 08/29/1990 09/11/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 6308 N 08/29/1990 09/11/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 6309 H 08/29/1990 09/11/1990 $200 $200 $0 -
  4. 03001 Serious 6283 A 08/29/1990 09/11/1990 $200 $200 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170195036Event: 08/23/1990Employee Knocked Unconscious By Tree Limb
On August 23, 1990, Employee #1, a choker setter on a "Cat" side, noticed the choker cable hook around a knot on a cedar log as he began to move downhill and away from the turn. He signaled the skidder operator to start the turn breaking out. He stated he was 30 to 40 ft away when he was hit in the back of the neck and knocked out. According to the skidder operator, a dead limb on the cedar log about 3 1/2 ft long by 2 1/2 in. in diameter was caught by the main line and the limb was snapped off and thrown out as the cable was tightened. Employee #1 was hit as he was moving away. He was taken by ambulance to the intersection of the skyway and then flown by helicopter to Ehloe Hospital. He stayed for less than 24 hours for treatment for a lump on the back of the neck. He sustained no fractures, but will be off work for 3 to 4 weeks.
Keywords: unconsciousness, tree limb, choker setter, choker cable, neck, struck by, flying object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111896668 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Timber cutting and logging occupations

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