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Inspection: 125531798 - Patrick Bransford

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 125531798Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 10/25/2005

Patrick Bransford
2260 Los Alamos Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0781/Landscape Counseling and Planning
NAICS: 541320/Landscape Architectural Services

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/20/2006
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/28/2008
Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $900 $0 $11,700
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1597 H 04/24/2006 04/27/2006 $0 $450 $0 05/22/2006 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 04/24/2006 06/09/2006 $0 $450 $0 05/22/2006 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 02001 Other 3203 A07 B 04/24/2006 04/27/2006 $5,000 $10,800 $0 05/22/2006 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201020757Event: 10/25/2005Employee Fractures Leg In Jump From Runaway Tractor
At about 10:50 a.m. on October 25, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were completing landscaping projects at their employer's residence. They were digging holes by a fence near the employer's home at the top of a driveway. Employee #1 was backing up a tractor on a hillside to pick up rocks, when he lost control. The coworker yelled at Employee #1 to hit the brakes, but Employee #1 was unable to engage them. The tractor was gathering speed, headed down the driveway at an uncontrolled pace. Employee #1, who was not wearing his seatbelt, jumped from the tractor, landing with both feet on the pavement, and receiving injuries to both ankles. The tractor continued moving out of control down the approximately 22 degree slope until its bucket collided with a berm to the west of the roadside, finally causing the tractor to stop. The coworker ran to the employer's house, where the housekeeper called emergency medical services. An ambulance transported Employee #1 to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Employee #1 underwent surgery for a fracture to the distal end of a bone in his left leg. He remained an inpatient until he was released on November 9, 2005. A causal factor was that Employee #1 had inadequate training and skill driving this tractor on a hillside.
Keywords: fracture, brake, agriculture, inexperience, fall, tractor, lost control, slope, ankle, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125531798 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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