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Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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Inspection: 1304093.015 - Utility Tree Service

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 1304093.015Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 03/26/2018

Utility Tree Service
1586 Elm Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Union Status: Union
SIC:
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 1802 S. Commercenter West#C, San Bernardino, CA 92408

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/11/2018
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1321734    
Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $47,950 $0 $0 $955 $0 $48,905
Current Penalty $47,950 $0 $0 $955 $0 $48,905
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3395(I) 09/11/2018 10/15/2018 $955 $955 $0 11/14/2018 -
  2. 02001 Serious 3276(E)(3) 09/11/2018 $22,950 $22,950 $0 11/14/2018 -
  3. 03001 Serious 3427(A)(2) 09/11/2018 09/21/2018 $25,000 $25,000 $0 11/14/2018 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 104143.015Event: 03/26/2018Employee Falls From Tree And Is Killed
At 8:45 a.m. on March 26, 2018, an employee and two coworkers were trimming a palm tree approximately 75 feet in height and located in a back yard corner next to a fence line between two private residential houses. The employee and coworkers worked for a full service tree removal and trimming company, authorized by a public utility company to perform tree trimming work. They arrived at the worksite about 8:00 a.m. One coworker was on the ground near the base of the tree outside the fall zone and the other was next door working in the back yard. The employee placed a 24 foot extension ladder at the base of the palm tree. After donning the saddle and gaffs and gathering a chainsaw and pole pruner, ascended the ladder. The employee used the gaffs and positioning lanyards to complete the climb to the fronds to be trimmed. The employee used the chainsaw and pole pruner to complete the frond trimming. The coworker who was next door saw the employee install a descent (climbing) rope across the top green fronds, but not on center, to create a false crotch. The employee connected the rope to his saddle, removed the positioning lanyards and put weight on the rope to descend to the ground. The rope slipped off the green fronds and employee fell approximately 70 feet to the ground at the base of the tree. A coworker found the employee unconscious and not breathing. The coworker called 911 and paramedics performed resuscitation. The employee was taken to Hoag Medical Center. The employee sustained trauma to multiple systems and died. DOSH was notified by phone by the fire department at 09:45 a.m. The employee was the direct supervisor of the two coworkers.
Keywords: rope, fall, fall protection, tree pruner
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1304093.015 Fatality Other Chainsaw Operator

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