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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1238469.015 - Allen Gibson And Jim Majors

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 10

Nr: 1238469.015Report ID: 0355110Open Date: 06/06/2017

Allen Gibson And Jim Majors
3205 Memphis Lane
Bristol, VA 24202
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 17180 Bristol Highway, Bristol, VA 24202

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/29/2017
Emphasis: S:Treetrim, S:Logging Or SawmillsClose Case:11/29/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 96210.015Event: 06/06/2017Employee Is Struck And Killed By A Tree And Is Killed
At 9:00 a.m. on June 6, 2017, an employee climbed a 75 feet tall tree, using gaffes, a climbing rope, and a work positioning belt to cut a tree down in sections. The employee cut a section from the top of the tree that was approximately 33 feet long. The butt at the end of this section was approximately 9 feet in diameter. When the section of the tree was cut, it kicked back and struck the employee in the chest area. The employee remained on the tree for approximately 50 minutes until a bucket truck with workers trained in pole retrieval arrived and got the injured employee down. The last 35 minutes or so in the tree, the employee was motionless and silent. The employee was pronounced dead by rescue personnel once at ground level.
Keywords: tree trimming, logging, kick back, struck by, tree, chest
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1238469.015 Fatality Other Occupation Not Listed

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