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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1151101.015 - 70193 - Cl Godbolt Land Clearing

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 1151101.015Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 05/19/2016

70193 - Cl Godbolt Land Clearing
Intersection Of Hawthorn Dr - Oleander Dr.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1629/Heavy Construction, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 236210/Industrial Building Construction
Mailing: Po Box 921, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/17/2016
Close Case:02/15/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1092901    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,000
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $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 Serious 1.12(A) 10/27/2016 11/29/2016 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260100 B 10/27/2016 11/02/2016 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 86529.015Event: 05/18/2016Employee Struck In The Head By A Tree Is Killed
At 12:44 p.m. on May 18, 2016, a crew of two employees of a land clearing contractor were removing large pine trees and brush from a recently purchased lot, measuring less than one acre. Employee #1 was responsible for using a chainsaw and trimming the branches off trees that had been taken down. Trees were being brought down with a Caterpillar E120B, serial number 7NF03814, yellow excavator. The owner (Employee #2) was lowering the tree with the bucket and thumb of the excavator until it reached approximately 10 feet from the ground. Once the tree dropped, Employee #1 was struck in the head by a branch approximately four inches in diameter. The branch was attached to a pine tree that was approximately 80 feet by 41.5 inches wide. A part of the branch impaled Employee #1 in the side of the head. Employee #2 did not notice Employee #1 under the tree until moments after it dropped. Employee #1 was last seen standing approximately 34 feet away from where the tree dropped. Employee #1 died upon arrival to the hospital from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest resulted from a sunken skull fracture to the right frontal skull bone as well as a broken left leg and right wrist.
Keywords: tree trimming, skull, fracture, tree felling, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1151101.015 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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