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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 124047259 - Burton Lumber Co. Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana

Nr: 124047259Report ID: 0551800Open Date: 07/21/1995

Burton Lumber Co. Inc.
13980 W Polk Road
Lexington, IN 47138
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/01/1995
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/19/1995

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361309446    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 1 6
Current Violations 5 1 6
Initial Penalty $2,025 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,025
Current Penalty $1,005 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,005
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 2200080101 09/08/1995 09/26/1995 $375 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 C01 09/08/1995 09/26/1995 $185 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100213 H01 09/08/1995 09/16/1995 $185 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100215 B09 09/08/1995 09/21/1995 $150 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005A Serious 19101200 E01 09/08/1995 09/26/1995 $110 $225 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01005B Serious 19101200 H 09/08/1995 09/26/1995 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 02001 Other 19100038 B01 09/08/1995 09/26/1995 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170389852Event: 07/20/1995Tree Cutter Killed When Struck By Flying Treetop
At approximately 3:05 p.m. on July 20, 1995, Employee #1, a timber cutter with 17 years of field experience, felled a 90 ft tree that fell northeast 45 degrees and lodged in other smaller trees and saplings nearby. The log skidder operator then hooked his choker cables around the lower base of the tree trunk and pulled the entire tree west until it dropped to the ground. A 5 in. diameter sapling that had been caught in the first fall of the tree snapped midway down its trunk, with the top half flying 70 ft southwest at high velocity, striking Employee #1 on the right side of his protective hard hat, fracturing his skull and causing a brain hemorrhage. He was killed. All proper protective equipment was being worn. Both Employee #1 and the log skidder had just completed the first of four field sessions on timber cutting training. Casual factors include poor judgment of surrounding hazards, lack of surveillance, and being too close to a falling tree.
Keywords: clearance, fracture, tree felling, hemorrhage, work rules, lodged tree, skull, tree section, struck by, brain
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 124047259 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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