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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120142773 - Richard'S Tree Service

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 120142773Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 11/07/2002

Richard'S Tree Service
1235 Oswald Rd.
Yuba City, CA 95991
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/23/2003
Close Case:04/24/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361730401    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $150 $0 $150
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $150 $0 $150
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 04/02/2003 04/07/2003 $150 $150 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201172582Event: 10/22/2002Employee Injured When Struck By Limb From Tree Being Trimmed
At about 10:00 a.m. on October 22, 2002, Employee #1 and a coworker, a foreman and a cutter, were trimming trees. Employee #1 was on the ground feeding brush into a chopper when the coworker was cutting a limb from a digger pine that was being pieced out. Employee #1 was aware that the coworker was cutting the limb but he took his eye off him at the critical moment when the limb was to fall. Instead of cutting clean through the stalling of the saw, the coworker left some holding wood on the bottom of the cut. As a result, the coworker's saw stalled out causing the limb to swing down in an arc rather than fall straight down as planned. The limb struck Employee #1, causing a concussion and a back vertebrae fracture. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: brush chipper, fracture, limbing, saw, back, tree, struck by, concussion, vertebra, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120142773 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported

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