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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126101617 - West Coast Arborists Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126101617Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 09/28/2001

West Coast Arborists Inc
1100 Sutton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7389/Business Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 2200 E. Via Burton St., Anaheim, CA 92806

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/08/2002
Close Case:03/08/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201163144Event: 08/29/2001Employee Crushes Fingers In Crane Accident
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on August 29, 2001, an employee was injured while attempting to rig a tree for transportation on an elevated aerial lift. The employee was inside an aerial bucket approximately 40 feet in the air and was awaiting the return of the hook as the crane operator had just finished lowering material to the ground. The chokers (rigging) were attached to the hook which was suspended from the sheave block. The crane operator positioned the sheave block next to the employee. As he reached for the sheave block to bring it closer to him the employee grabbed the load line. The crane operator then raised the hook crushing the employee's fingers on the sheaves. The employee was transported to Cedar Sinai Medical Center where it was necessary to amputate the left third and fourth digits.
Keywords: rigging, amputated, crane hook, finger, crushed, tree, load line, crane operator, aerial lift, crane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126101617 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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