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Inspection: 126159102 - West Coast Arborist Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126159102Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 10/03/2002

West Coast Arborist Inc
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 2200 E. Via Burton St., Anaheim, CA 92806

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/18/2003
Close Case:12/31/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 1 4 5
Initial Penalty $27,000 $0 $0 $600 $0 $27,600
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,635 $0 $19,635
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 14300032 A01 03/18/2003 04/20/2003 $400 $400 $0 08/28/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 1591 A 03/18/2003 04/20/2003 $0 $200 $0 08/28/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 3421 A 03/18/2003 04/01/2003 $1,125 $4,500 $0 08/28/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Other 3421 D 03/18/2003 04/01/2003 $110 $4,500 $0 08/28/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 04001 Serious 3427 C03 03/18/2003 04/01/2003 $18,000 $18,000 $0 08/28/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201164233Event: 10/03/2002Employee Cutting Down Trees Killed When A Tree Hits Him
On October 3, 2002, employee #1, the foreman of a four-member landscaping crew, was working to cut down approximately 200 unhealthy Eucalyptus trees from two, City of Los Angeles, 18-hole golf courses. These trees varied in height between 50 to 70 feet with diameters ranging from 20 to 24 inches. The city had marked the trees that were needed to be cut. At approximately 7:45 a.m., a 50-foot-high Eucalyptus tree being felled by a coworker hit employee #1 and killed him. An investigation of the accident revealed that prior to felling tress; workers were not cleared beyond the hazardous area (tree's striking range) to a safe zone beyond which they could not be hit by falling trees. In addition, it was discovered that employees did not utilize audible warnings or prearranged two-way hand signals before commencing "back cutting."
Keywords: maintenance, tree felling, tree, untrained
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126159102 Fatality Concussion Forestry workers, except logging

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